Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday Christian!

Yesterday we attended Christian's 5th birthday party. He had a huge double water slide with lots of kids clamoring to go down it. Of course Preston and Bennett jumped right in too! My little daredevil was bored going feet first after a few times, so he copied the big kids and went on his belly, feet first and then head first diving into the pool at the bottom. He had a ball!

Bennett went down consistently for about 30 mintues, but was then ready to go inside and play "baby" with Henley. It was a beautiful day, and we all enjoyed watching the kids go down. With them all being a little older, this was the first year that Steve didn't have to wear a swimsuit and go down with them. We just enjoyed a cold beer from the sidelines.

Christian telling me he is FIVE!

Shannon's homemade creation: Mario Birthday Cake

After pizza and cake, we watched Christian open his gifts. Shannon told us that Christian is really into transformers so we got him a couple costumes that he and his friends could dress up and play with around the house.

I think he liked them! All in all, he had a great birthday and got tons of cool gifts. We love you Christian, and are happy that we got to spend time celebrating with you.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Clean Plate Club

As you all know, we have had problems with Preston eating for a long time. Though he is eating better now, some friends (Ashley and Mary Michael) shared with us something they do after their kids eat a good meal. We were taught this little song, which includes hand slapping on the table and chanting "Preston's in the clean plate club, Preston's in the clean plate club" over and over again. We started it as soon as we returned from our first beach trip in June, and it was a hit with the kids.

This morning, I was watching the kids play with Bennett's baby dolls. See for yourself...

Friday, August 5, 2011

One Month Left!

This past Monday marked the beginning of a long month of nothing officially on the calendar for the kids to do. So I have been trying to figure out things to do to get out of the house everyday, and hoping it is "fun" for them (rather than just running errands). Each day starts with a little time at YMCA gym nursery. Thankfully I have three Y's within a 5 mile radius of my house, so I switch it up a little to keep them happy. Afterward, we have done some other activity to wear them out... swimming, visiting the McWane Science Center, family photos, playing in the yard and making cookies.

Friday night we tried to do the movie at Homewood Park, but unfortunately they cancelled it due to wind. Since we didn't know this until we got there, the kids and I were disappointed. So when we got home, we set up our lawn chairs in the living room, ate popcorn and watched "Tangled" on our TV instead. The kids enjoyed the novelty of that, so there were no hard feelings.

Saturday morning, we met my brother, niece and nephew at Treetop Adventure. It is a huge place with a variety of games for toddlers to middle schoolers. They have go-carts, mini golf, mini bowling, laser tag, water balloon launching, jungle gyms, inflatables and a ton of arcades. We got there when it first opened, so it started off okay. However, it got more and more crowded and hot and I quickly grew tired of the place. Having to spend a lot of money on silly games to win tickets to "buy" junk was very frustrating. To top it off, I was bent over putting Preston's shoes on and got clocked in the head by a skeeball (think round brick) thrown by a two year old with bad aim. I know it was an accident, but it took everything I had to not lose it, so I called it after that. We quickly piled into to car and headed home. Both kids were sweaty and tired, and I had a raging headache forming.

With a whole month to go before school starts on Sept 7th, I will be forced to get creative with activities and/or playdates. However, as most parents know....the busier your children are, the happier they are and the better they sleep. Now if we could just get a break in this heat, we could add some other fun things to our list of future activities. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An Update on Preston's Diet

I never gave you all an update from Preston's upper GI....everything was normal. His tonsils were also evaluated, and though they are a little larger than an average child his age (a 3+ on a 1-4 scale), they are not large enough to warrant removal. So, we got a detailed list of serving sizes and foods that we are supposed to offer Preston for his 3 meals and 2 snacks each day. In addition, we were told to cut his milk back from 20 ounces to 12 ounces, and use water as a substitution.

We are a week and a half into this new diet, and things are going okay. He is eating table food for all meals, but they still consist only of the foods he was eating previously. He still refuses to eat all fruits and veggies, and try anything new (except waffles....which he now eats). It is very frustrating to me because he is not eating a healthy diet, but I guess that is what I am supposed to do right now. I am hoping that within the next several weeks he will begin to try new things.

Today I asked him what he wanted for lunch, and he said "I want baby food." I gave him a look (because he knows we don't have anymore in the house), and then he said "I am not a baby, just a boy who wants baby food." He made me laugh out loud. That kid is one stubborn little boy!