Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tooth Fairy

Guess who visited our house last night???

Lily was so excited. She's not a fan of the camera right now but she wanted us to see her dollars. I asked her what she wanted to do with her money. She said "Can we put it in the money jar for Michigan?" Yep! she really wants to go visit her cousins.

Today, the kids were arguing about how to spell the word "obey". They are both learning special sounds right now and were a bit baffled with it being "ey" and not "ay". Anywho, this opened the avenue for me to sing them the O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E song. (no, it doesn't explain the special sounds but it was a teaching opportunity) I start singing and oddly, I forgot the words *embarrassed* So, added to the my list of things to do today is to find the lyrics.

♪♫♪ ♪♫♪
Obedience is the very best way,
To show that you believe.
Doing exactly what the Lord commands,
Doing it happily.
Action is the key - do it immediately,
Joy you will receive.
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nothing but the tooth ;)

Today was the big dental procedure.
We got to the hospital around 6am...checked in...and then went to do stats and such to prep for surgery. Lily was going to do work that would take 5 office visits...doing it all at once under anesthesia would be the easiest for all involved. She's not the fondest of dentists, doctors, etc. It could be from constantly seeing them growing up, but I'll accommodate. 

It was almost 2 1/2 hours after I said my goodbyes in holding before I saw her again. The anesthesia made her incredibly grumpy. oh boy, she was super grumpy. Given all she had been through that morning, I let her grump and groan. Finally, I was able to get her to drink something and then we were released. Heading home for cartoons and cuddling on the couch.

She's a real trooper. 
The tooth fairy will make a visit tonight. The dentist pulled her super loose tooth and the one beside it during her procedure. These were the 2 center bottom teeth. She's excited about the tooth fairy coming.

Now, you may ask...why did she need so much work done that it required anesthesia? Well, she has what the dentist referred to as "soft teeth". Since she was a toddler, her teeth have been bad. They chipped super easy. And would constantly get cavities. At 2 years old, she had some of them fixed/capped. And then a few months later, she was running through the house and slipped. This slip knocked her 2 front teeth loose. I took her in and they were just barely hanging on. They had to be pulled :(   Good news about her 2 front teeth, they should be making an appearance soon...yippeee!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Frost, teeth, and life

Oh, what a crazy life we live. 
It seems to get crazier as time goes by. But it's a good acquired crazy.
 We had our 1st frost of the season. The kiddos were super excited squealing about how Jack Frost visited last night!! And Dakota was excited about being able to see his breath. He said "Mom, I never knew my breath was white." as he blows out his breath to show me. This quick witted mother replied back with "It's only white when you're teeth are brushed. If you tried this before you brushed your teeth, it would be green." I hope he doesn't hold me to was before coffee for

 Moving to our middle child...
She is doing great in school. Great report for Miss Lily from the 1st 9 weeks of school. YAY! 
Lately, she was complaining about her tooth hurting, so I took her to see the dentist. We recently found out that we have somewhat fabulous dental insurance (for preventive procedures and some other things). Well, I knew the visit wouldn't be great news. Lily has always had terrible teeth. We brush, she brushes...still the same issues...soft brittle teeth. And cavities seem to build colonies in her teeth no matter what we do. She had almost all of her teeth fixed just after she turned 2 years old. Since then, she's lost her 2 front teeth when she slipped and fell shortly after that dental procedure. Good news!! they should make their grand appearance around Christmas time. 
All that to say, we are having her teeth fixed this Wednesday. In order to get it done the easiest/quickest way, they are doing it all at once at the hospital (again). I hope this will help. But after researching it, she could have to do this all over again when she's older. I hope I'm wrong. But if anyone has any insight, I'm all ears.

 Our oldest is getting back into Legos. A friend gave me this super comfy rug for Dakota's room and it gives him the perfect place to play. ♥ He is doing fabulously in school. Loves to go to school. Lately, he's taking up drawing. He likes to watch the extras on animated movies...just to see how to draw that specific character. He did a pretty good drawing of Turbo (the snail). I'll have to post a pic of that soon.

And this adorable cutie, the youngest child, has hit the terrible 2's stage. It's almost as if she's bi-polar. Happy one minute, and furious the next. We are working on expressing emotions...boy! it gets to be trying at times. Potty training is kinda hit or miss with her as well. It will all happen in time. I'll take the smiles and "rock a baby's" for now. She's already growing up so fast as it is.

That's a little peek into our crazy lives. 

I'm super excited for Thanksgiving and Lily's birthday. It's gonna be a fun week..once we get over this hump of the dentist stuff. Say a prayer for Lilyann next Wednesday.

-enJoy ♥

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A few thoughts over coffee ♥

When at the dentist yesterday, I was both shocked and amazed that life flies by.
I was asked when was a specific tooth last filled...shockingly, I think it was 15 or so years ago!!
It seems like just yesterday that I was in high school and the responsibility was all on my parents. Back then, I yearned for adulthood. I wanted to be out of the house and making my own path. (Boy, was I silly!) 

Crazy how a few *cough cough* years make a BIG difference on your thinking.

These days, I have one child looking to me for insight on a great 50's outfit. (50th day of school) Another child wants only mommy's attention while she gets dressed and ready for school. And the other child is just running crazy using her body as a musical instrument...and not everything was in perfect tune ;) Thanks to the oldest for teaching her these great talents.

I always saw myself as being wife and mommy. I went to Bible college and majored in education (that was what girls were doing 13 years education major would help if you didn't find someone during college. Yes! I went to college to find a man... lol)
I'm now seeing that the teaching classes are paying off. It's been YEARS since I was in kindergarten and 2nd grade. Having a refresher course in college is helping me with projects, homework, and evening reading. 

 Disguising turkey project 2013--- Holiday turkey

Disguising turkey project 2013--Chima (Lego) turkey

I did meet my husband in college....well, at a college sponsored trip. We attended the same church and ended up on a Mission's trip to New Orleans. We chatted almost the whole bus ride back from New Orleans. Then he asked me out a few weeks later. I agreed. He was, as he will tell you, a courtesy date. It wouldn't hurt me to go on at least 1 date with him...give him a shot. Well, look what happened from a courtesy date!!! Just over 9 years married with 3 adorable children. Life kinda falls into place. I knew I wanted to be a wife and mommy, but I never knew how it would all come about. 

All this rambling about life from one question at the dentist. Crazy...or maybe it's the pain meds?!?!
This impending root canal has my thoughts on rewind and fast forward...haha
I'll go back to cartoons and sipping coffee with the Little Chickie now.


Monday, November 4, 2013 I even need this reminder???

Today, I got this email for my 25 month old Toddler. It was titled "Independence". Sometimes these e-newsletters are a hit or miss, but this one was spot on.
Oh, Little Chickie is during into Miss Independent. We have been doing GREAT with potty training. Only a few accidents here and there. The other day she napped in panties and stayed dry!! 
Here's the excerpt from the e-newsletter:

  "Has your two-year-old started to exert her independence? Were talking about stomping, screaming, and defying and all those other frustrating (and totally normal for this age) behaviors. Two-year-olds are possibly the most stubborn, self-centered creatures on earth. They want what they want, when they want it -- usually, right now! Hang in there, mama. The good news is that your childs stubborn streak means shes going through a ton of cognitive growth. She now understands that shes a separate person who can make things happen in the world. And eventually, things will get less, um, dramatic."

 "Independent era"

This weekend was a fun relaxing one for the family. We slept in and then ventured out to the lake. It was a windy day...perfect for kite flying. The dollar store kites flew the best. The hubby had found some Star Wars 3D kites on sale way back when. We decided to try them out. The kite took a little longer to put together. It looked pretty cool but it wasn't gusty enough to get it up off the ground. We can't be accused of not trying, though. 
After our kiting experience, we got the bikes out and took off on the trail. The big kids road while Little Chickie, the hubby, and I walked. Perfect weather for a perfect day.