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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Fenway





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Kindergarten Day 2...and he was sent home sick

My poor little guy just started school yestrrday and we got a call from the nurse today saying that he was stomach sick...he is at home sleeping now.  Poor little man he didnt even make it through his second day of school.

I am back

Between work being so busy and then having the last week off I have only been able to get a few posts in here and there....and we have been BUSY so I have a lot to write about :)

I am back at work today but I plan to get online tonight with some fun family updates.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Wordless Wednesday - Fair



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Monday, August 23, 2010

Weekend Updates

Brady update

We hadn't really noticed that his baby teeth were loose (he brushes his teeth, we watch to make sure he actually brushes them and then we will finish them off if we need to) and after seeing the other teeth coming in I was actually trying to play close attention to see if he was playing with them and didn't notice anything that night at all. Well at one part on Saturday I was pretty sure that I caught him playing with his teeth, but he insisted that he wasn't and that his teeth weren't wiggly. Saturday night, after he had been in bed for about a half hour or so he calls my husband into his room and says "look daddy - at my teeth, I don't have them anymore". So my baby lost his first two teeth. Now what is the likelihood that they would both come out on the same day....not sure, but I am pretty positive that the half hour he was supposed to be in bed was used to assist the teeth out of his mouth.

Well after he showed my husband that his teeth were missing the next logical question would be Brady, where are they. He said he threw them next to his bed - we searched, moved the bed out, lifted the mattress - no teeth to be found. I am sure that they are at the bottom of a toy box somewhere - I just know it. I didn't have time yesterday to fully detail his room but it will be done as soon as possible to try to find those teeth (not because I want them for anything - I am not the baby tooth keeping type of momma, but I don't want them just hanging out in some corner of his room either).

The tooth fairy left him a note saying that he shouldn't have gotten any money because there were no teeth...but that just this once he would get the money (next time there needs to be teeth). The tooth fairy also added that he needs to clean his room because the tooth fairly almost broke a wing - lets see if that gets him to keep his room clean (probably not, but it was woth a try, right)?

Ethan update
We had a crazy weekend with these two boys....Ethan was up most of the night Thursday he had a fever (101.9 that went down too 100.4 with Tylenol) but nothing huge. Friday, he was fine all day at night he had a slight fever again and had one vommiting episode. I am fairly sure that this is just from teething as he was absolutely fine on Sat and Sun, add to that the fact that he is drooling like crazy and I am pretty sure that there will be some new teeth in the near future. We have had a very teeth filled weekend :)

Well on Sunday he decided that he was going to crawl. He has been army crawling for what seems like forever and has been getting MAD that he couldn't figure out crawling. Well, he was sitting on one side of the area rug and I was at the other with one of his toys - he must have really wanted it because he jsut crawled right at me. He was a little slow and hesitant at first but he was crawling full speed within a couple of minutes and he was all over the place. We are in so much trouble - he can't wait to be able to chase Brady around. Well within 15 minutes of crawling for the first time, he was at the coffee table trying to pull himself up....got to he knees but that was it - moved onto the couch and tried it there too...still only getting to his knees - he moved onto his walker and tried pulling up on that. He wasn't able to make it past his knees, but for me the scary part is that he is trying - I am not ready for this.




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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Why I Love it Wednesday - Stay-Fresh Baby Food Containers

Stay-Fresh Baby Food Containers - only $9.95















This is my favorite baby food storage container. I love it because you can freeze your baby food right in the container, you can pop it out of the freezer and through it in the diaper bag to bring along with you and can feed baby right out of the container when you are on the go. Another benefit it that they are stackable which will save a lot of room in your freezer especially if you are like me and like to make a bunch of puree's at one time.

The best part of this product is that they have screw on lids, most other similar products on the market have pop off tops. I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of veggie puree all over the bottom of a diaper bag so for me they screw on top it ideal. Another benefit is that it is both Microwave and dishwasher safe meaning that this can truly be an all in one product for your baby food making (from storage to the plate).













This product is marketed to the baby food making family and as you see above it is a great product for that, but there are plenty of other uses for this container too.  Think about the parent with a toddler who always has a zip top bag of cheerios, Gerber puffs or some other similar small snack sitting in the bottom of the diaper bag.  These containers are perfect to hold snack for your toddler or older child as well.  How many times have you had a  bag of cheerios pop open in the bottom of a diaper bag (or your purse) and you are left with crumbly cheerio powder for what seems like forever - well this could all be avoided with the screw top lids on these containers.  You will also avoid those times when you curious toddler finds a diaper bag in the back of the car and decides that it is snack time, next thing you know you are cleaning up cheerios from every little area of your car.

How about the new parent who is bottle feeding their baby?  Before bed bring a bottle of water and a pre-measured container of formula.  When your baby wakes up in the middle of the night you will have a bottle ready in seconds.  You don't have to go to the kitchen to make a bottle - just leave everything on your nightstand and you are all set for when your little one wakes up.

Check out the Stay-Fresh Baby Food Containers - you will be very happy with it.





Sunday, August 15, 2010

More Adventures with a 5 year old

When my older guy was supposed to be in bed - I saw him sneak into the kitchen.  I told him to come into the living room but he ignored me and headed straight for his room.  I knew something was up so I followed him and caught up to him in the corner outside of his bed room.  He shows me a yogurt tube and says he took it from the fridge.  Well I look on the floor behind him and there were two more that he was trying to hide. 

I wanted to laugh (we have these little occurances all the time), but had to stay strong and he was punished...no toys/stuffed animals in his bed tonight.  It is so hard to punish them at bed time - but he really does this stuff all the time so I had to stay strong.  Of course then it took him another hour (and a couple times out of bed) before he was in bed asleep but what are you going to do....this is what happens when they start "testing"



 

Our Weekend

We had a busy weekend, starting with a fair on Friday night, shopping and a family carnival on Saturday and some more shopping today - along with movie time with our older guy while the baby was napping, some cooking and lots of fun with the boys. 

The fair Friday night was small but perfect for us.  Brady hasn't really been loving farm animals but he did great seeing the Cows, sheep, llamas, etc....and Ethan was mooing back at the cows....so cute (he won't say mama, but he will moo). 

Saturday I saw a sign for this family carnival that one of the local daycares was having.  Games, art projects, water table, snow cones, cotton candy, etc...and it was all free.  A perfect way to spend part of our afternoon.  We also had some shopping to do and there is a local meat market / grocery store that isn't open on Sunday so you get amazing deals on seafood, meat and baked goods on Saturday afternoons so that is always good.  They had a sale on split peas, so I picked them up and made some split pea soup in the crock pot last night for lunch today.  The baby LOVED it - not the pureed one so much, but he was in love with the chunkier one.  The 5 year old tried it....he had about 4 spoonfuls before saying that he didn't like it.  This is actually really good for him, we are lucky if we get one mouthful of a new item out of him.

























Today we got up and went to breakfast...my parent happened to be there at the same time so we spent some time with them and then went shopping.  We got home and put the baby down for a nap and made some popcorn and cookies (break and bake b/c I was lazy today) and watched a sponge bob movie while the baby was napping.  He loved some having mommy and daddy time.  After the movie and some play time with the boys I made Breakfast Rice Pudding for the baby to have this week (recipe from http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/) and some applesauce.  Then spent some more time with the boys...did baths and then bed. 

First Split Pea Soup

It is so good to have such a fun weekend with the boys since I have been working so much lately.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup will be going in the crockpot before bed so that it will be ready for lunch tomorrow.  Ethan will have it for the first time...his first soup.  The 5 year old said he will try it if there are crackers - we will see if he really eats any of it :)  My husband loves split pea soup though and the price for the bad was so cheap at the store today I figured why not.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Big Milestone for the 5 year old....

He typed his first email...He was at my mom's the other day (he stayed overnight) and he woke up wanting me. I was already on my way to work, but she told him that she would send me an email and I would get it. He said he wanted to do it. So my child who is just starting to figure out spelling, typed a whole email to me (with a little help from grandma of course.) She said that he was concentrating so hard that he forgot he was upset :)

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My little trouble maker

You would think that 8 months old would be too young to begin harassing a 5 year old, but you would be wrong. My little man is already causing the 5 year old grief and he can't walk or even crawl yet. I see trouble in our near furture.

In the last two weeks we have already has a couple of encounters.

Last week my husband had both boys in the car and they both fell asleep. The older one was sleeping with his head on the baby's (backwards facing seat)....the baby wakes up and starts kicking the older guy in the head - until he wakes up crying. Obviously he wasn't kicking him very hard (he is only 8 months old) but I think the older guy was more startled than anything else - to wake up to that. My husband tried to explain to the 5 year old that his brother is a baby and doesn't know any better and it helped a bit, but he was so upset that his brother woke him up by kicking him repeatedly in the head.

Then, over the weekend, the baby was in the walker (yes we use one - no our peditrician does not recommend them) which he has now learned how to get out of the living room and down the hallway into his brother's room. Well our older guy was going in his room to play and the baby kept following him in the walker. Well, after a few times back and forth between the bedroom and the living room we hear the older one yell "mom, dad - Ethan blocked me in my room." The baby was standing in the doorway to the bedroom in the walker. Obviously since he was in the walker our older guy could have just moved him out of the way. But to have an 8month already chasing the older one around makes me think that will definately be giving his brother trouble in the future.

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Poor Baby, he just can't figure out the crawling thing



He is so close, but he just can't figure it out. He gets up on his hands and knees and will move his legs, but he just can't figure out how to get the arms and legs working together. Poor little man is getting frustrated too - he really want's to be able to chase after his big brother.

I feel absolutely fine about the fact that he isn't crawling (and I am sure my husband does too since he is at home with the boys)....Isn't it funny how your are always in a rush for your first baby to do things but by baby number two you know that it just means more running for you and it is ok that they aren't mobile. My husband and I know how much trouble we are in once this little guy is crawling and walking (he is already harrassing his brother - yes at 8 months old he is already starting to drive his brother crazy) and we are just fine with the fact that he sits in one place (most of the time) and when he rolls he can get where he is going but at least it is at a little bit of a slower pace than they crawling/walking.

Last night when we were playing on the floor he climbed up me to stand so that will be here before we know it too. He wants to stand, he wants to be able to chase after his brother - so I am sure shortly after starting to crawl he will be on his feet too.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Travel Tip Tuesday - "Staycation"

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With the current economy you can't always plan a full-blown Disney vacation costing thousands of dollars, but that doesn't mean that you can't have a great time with your family.  It seems to be a very common term which you will hear on ad's for your State or Town along with local attractions.  They will tell you why you should stay home insread of traveling during your vacation time - and that is why they will call it a "staycation."  We try to choose day trips for 4 out of 7 days.  The other 3 days will be going to the pool or beach or possible hiking and picnicing at a local State Park.  When choosing a day trip I try to stay within two hours driving time, though depending on what we are doing I will go up to 2 1/2 or 3 hours.

Why choose a staycation?
The mean reason to choose a staycation over a traditional vacation is to save money.  Simply think about a week long vacation (7 nights) at an average of $100 per night for you hotel room.  You have immediately saved $700.  Add to that the fact that you won't have airline costs and you have just saved over $1,000. 

In addition, I don't know about you but we go on a week long vacation and I am back to work just as worn out and tired I was when I left the week before.  We end up being on the go the entire time and you end you vacation knowing you have a great time, but not necessarily rested.  Well when you stay at home and do some day trips you can break up your week with a day at the pool or beach or a picnic at a State Park do this a couple of times during your staycation and you will end you week feeling relaxed and like you truly had a vacation.

I can also bet you that there are local activities / attractions that you say "That sound fun we should go there sometime" or "we had so much doing this last time - we should go there again".  We have these conversations all the time, but we never seem to have the free time to be able to do these things.  A staycation is a peferct time to visit new local attractions or visit some places that you have been to in the past and really enjoyed.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

No Go BlogHer Blog Hop

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Since I am new to blogging and really don't know much about the conference...I am not attending but that leaves me here to meet new friends at the Blog Hop.

1.When did you start blogging?  This past March


2.Why did you start blogging?  Initially I started to keep track of what my new baby (born last November) was up too.  I didn't do great with the baby book for my older son (now 5) so I figured I would use my blog as my virtual baby book.  Since then it has expanded to not only include my adventures with my boys but also travel tips and Family Fun on a Budget tips.

3.What is one thing you are going to do this week that is WAY cooler than going to BlogHer?  Unfortunatly I will be working all week - but I am hoping to get out early Friday to spend some fun time with the boys (maybe movie night with the 5 year old).

4.Share a post that you think says a lot about you or is your favorite. (share the link in YOUR post so we all can see)  - Here is my post about a wonderful summer day with the boys.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Why I love it Wednesday (on Friday) - Everyday Baby Items

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My Why I Love it is coming a bit late this week but I have been so busy with work I just didn't get a chance to post it. So here are my top 5 everyday baby items. These are items that you don't NEED, you baby will survive without them. However, they are some of my favorite items that are used everyday in our house and probably will be in your house as well.
  1. Sleep Sacks - They are perfect for you baby especially during the winter or even in the summer if you have the air condition on.  Another benefit is that you will be able to get your baby in and out of them very easily even when you are trying to change that diaper in the middle of the night when you are half asleep.  They come in many different colors so they are perfect for boys or girls and they are comforting and safe sleepwear for baby.  You can also go for the swaddler verion if your little one likes to be swaddled.  Niether of my boys liked to be swaddled so we only used the swaddler version for a short period of time, but the regular sleep sacks were used all the time.
  2. Teethers - Obviously this is not a necessity, but if you have a teething baby and the options are having your baby chomp on a teether or your arm you will definately want a teether.  I forgot to bring a teether last weekend and I now have two small bruises on my arm from my little man.  Our favorite are teething keys and they are cheap ($1.99 at amazon).  Another great option is the Raz-berry teether- shaped like a pacifier so very easy for your little one to get used to...and don't forget the normal "old-school" teethers that go into your freezer.  These are not a favorite for me but that is only because both of my boys had teeth at 4 months and they had trouble holding them at that age.
  3. Mum-Mums - These are the baby version of rice cakes.  They have a little crunch to them, but immediately melt in your baby's mouth so you don't have to be concerned about choking.  They are the perfect size for teaching your baby to self feed as they are big enough for your little one to grab onto.  The box is filled with pre-packaged sets of two crackers so there is no waste and they are easy to throw into the diaper bag.  They come in original and vegetable flavors.
  4. Pop N Push Car - This is perfect for a baby who is sitting or crawling.  This is a very simple toy for them to use. No parts, no blocks, no switches, just push it and watch the balls pop.  It is perfect.  There are so many baby toys out there that aren't esy enough for your little one to figure out on their own.  That is not the case with this toy....and the best part - it starts at $5.99.
  5. Bumbo Seat - Ok so you don't really need one, but when my little guy was still not sitting on his own he LOVED it. Not only that but we got the tray and used it for feeding / playing. The benefit - it gives you a couple of additional months that you don't need to have a high chair taking up space in you kitchen. This chair will also help you baby to get used to sitting and comfotable holding his/her head up.
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