Sunday, July 13, 2008

Rollin' Thunder

I just couldn't hold Corinne back any more. She's been BEGGING me for MONTHS to go buy a motorcycle (I think she digs guys in do-rags & leather), so to get her off my back, I finally went & got one. Oh, all right, I guess since we have it, I might as well ride it.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Fourth of July

Our plans for the fourth changed sort of last minute but luckily we were able to regroup and plan something for the kids. We brought some ice cream cones, watermelon and fireworks over to the Hilton’s house for the 4th. We were glad that at least uncle Dave was home to share the night with us! Carter wasn’t as impressed this year with the fireworks we bought but he did love the sparklers, as did Tay. She did really well with them but would get frustrated with the one she was holding burned out. Sugar, fire, staying up late- what more can kids ask for!

Sparklers time! Of course, Tay insisted that she hold her ice cream cone in one
hand and the sparkler in the other. That's my girl!
After remembering how loud fireworks were last year, Carter asked for ear muffs again.
Well, the Hilton's don't have guns but they do have a chainsaw, so Carter wore their chainsaw helmet- the ear muff's were built in. Carter didn't seem to mind.

More ice cream for Tay. She was quite a sticky girl by the end of the night. Between her treats and taking bites from the rest of us, I am surprised she didn't get a massive tummy ache.

Old Ouchies & New

As Drew was gathering the kids up to come inside for bed, Carter decided to take one last lap or “turn” as he calls it, on his bike. But the "turn" turned into a tumble. Since no one saw the fall, we aren’t exactly sure what happened but he had a nice gash on his chin and a big raspberry on his arm. Drew scooped him up and brought him inside. He immediately asked for his blanky (it was bedtime after all) and I held him on my lap. The Kaiser advice nurse wanted us to bring him in but of course the urgent care center is 45 minutes a way in Falls Church. I got Carter buckled in his car seat while Drew finished up on the phone when we realized Taylor was missing! In all of the craziness, she had disappeared. I ran in the house to look for her and then back out into the driveway to look down the street. Carter was still crying in his car seat but I heard another little one crying…Taylor. She was upset that she couldn’t go bye bye too! While I was in the house looking for her, she had climbed in the open car door and into her car seat all by her self. She kept saying “owie” over and over again. I think she was upset for Carter. I put her to bed and Drew took Carter to have his chin glued back together. When Carter got home he told me about his night, “I almost cried my head off and I got an ice cream cone!” So at 4 1⁄2 Carter already has the traditional Hilton chin scar like all of his uncles.
These pictures were taken a few days after he was fixed up.
It looked pretty yucky the first night. Poor guy!

Next I would like to go back in time to a warm morning in May to a day we call Tooth Day. This was the day that Tay had her broken tooth pulled. Because Taylor had to be totally out (IV sedation) she had to fast for 12 hours before hand. This was going to be tricky because I was still nursing her when she woke up at night and in the morning. Luckily she actually slept in and we had to wake her up...she had no idea what was coming. We told her that she got to go bye bye with Daddy and she was ecstatic! She immediately found her pacifier, two of her babies, and her shoes. She was ready! We decided it would be best if Drew took her to her appointment. I didn't think I could handle it emotionally and it was my last day of preschool anyway. I didn't have the heart to cancel our last field trip. Carter wouldn't have forgiven me which would have made the day that much harder for everyone.

Here she is talking on Daddy's cell phone in the waiting room at the dentist's office. She was the youngest of all the kids who were going to be knocked out so she got to go first. I'll spare you the details of how it all went down but Drew said it was a very upsetting experience for him and Tay. Both the knocking out and the waking up were very traumatic for all involved. The rest of the day wasn't very fun either. Not only was it hard to look at her little mouth with her front tooth missing, she was totally out of it for many hours. The sedation for her was more on the extreme side of the bell curve I think. I am also pretty sure she wasn't a fan of having a bloody mouth for a couple of days. She said "uck" (yuck) a lot. It is totally bazaar to me that people do this to their kids on a regular basis for their normal dental work. I suppose with older kids it probably isn't so bad but sheesh!
Here is Tay trying to eat her first meal post sedation (8 hours later, mind you). She was starving but still totally out of it and very wobbly. I had to stand right next to her so she wouldn't fall off her booster. She didn't think strawberry jello was very yummy after all.

So Tay is officially our little pumpkin...especially now that she has a pumpkin smile. Her little gums were pretty sensitive for a while but now she is a happy girl- no more tooth aches!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Flashback: Memorial Day

We celebrated our Memorial Day with a BBQ at the Hilton's. Good food, good company, guitar tunes, and lots of fun outside!

It isn't a holiday unless the kids can ride their bikes...
hopefully Christmas this year will be warm.

Tay & Carter took advantage of the Hilton's giant yard by running through the sprinkler.
Tay wasn't quite sure about it at first...

But it didn't take long for Tay to follow her brother's lead.

I think Carter is just adorable.

Thank goodness for Grandma's with warm towels!

Our Bug-a-boo is such a character!

Delaplane Strawberry Festival

Since moving to Virginia we have been attending some sort of strawberry festival each year. This year we headed off into the rolling hillside of Virginia. The Delaplane Strawberry Festival was held at a beautiful state park and was complete with old fashion games, wagon rides, bag pipers, a marionette puppet show, booths with trinkets for sale, 4-H animals, live music, cool cars, delicious food, the biggest yummiest fresh strawberries and strawberry desserts. I think we’ll be back next year!

Carter & the "mustache car", also known as a Mustang. He liked this car because of the color. Blue is currently his favorite color. It used to be green...Carter knows what he likes.

Of course, Tay needed a picture too! I love that her fire cracker hair is blowing in the wind.

End of the School Year

My preschool finally ended in May. Overall it was a good year and I am glad I taught out of our home. It gave our week routine, Carter enjoyed having his friends over for activities, and Tay loved having the younger kids over once a week. Thankfully, she took morning naps most days up until the year was over which made things much easier on me. I have to say though that between keeping toys clean, creating lesson plans, making calendars and projects ahead of time, and then cleaning up afterwards each day…it was a lot of work! All of the kids were great though. By the end of the year I really felt like I knew their little personalities well, especially the older kids.

Here is a picture of Carter and his buddies on our second to last field trip.

Carter also attended Freedom High preschool this year. It is a program where high school students teach the preschoolers simple lessons and activities, they get a snack, and play out side on the playground. Parents were invited for the last day of class. The high school students prepared a slide show of pictures taken throughout the year, the preschoolers were given awards (Carter got Most Athletic), they had a yummy spread of snack foods, and a clown performed magic tricks. Ms. Amanda was by far his favorite teacher. He was always happy when she was around.


We had the chance to catch up with the Palmer family in May on their way to and from a family reunion. It was fun to watch our kids play together, attend Clay’s baby blessing, and stay up late chatting. You guys are the best!

Here's a picture of Carter & Tay warming up the hide-a-way bed for the Palmer kids. I still can't believe we fit a family of six in our basement!
We were also lucky to have Drew’s brother Kirk and his fiancee in town for Memorial Day weekend. Dave's honey Chandra later joined us for a weekend in June. Fun times! Carter got to have a camp out in our walk in closet while they borrowed his room. He thought it was a pretty nifty arrangement. We enjoyed getting to know them and the kids loved their company. Thanks for putting up with our disaster of a house, ladies!