Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick-or-Treating 2011

Despite the rainy weather, the boys and I made it out trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. I had the cutest little hamburger and cowboy with me!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Another Worry for Mommy

Carter (and Landon) have always been amazing with their words and ability to string together enormous sentences for their age. This past weekend, Carter started stuttering. It came out of nowhere. He said, "Mommy, I want to go o-o-o-outside." Okay, that was weird. Maybe it was a fluke? Then he kept doing it. At first I thought it was with the O sound which is a new one for him (previously, he would would just said "side"), but then it seeped into words that I know he can say. I started freaking out. My baby is stuttering? I thought about the hardships he would face because of it; the teasing, the frustrations.

I e-mailed my best friend from college, who is a speech therapist, and she put my mind at ease. She said that it is perfectly normal for children his age to stutter for a short period of time while they develop new sounds/words or are putting together longer sentences (he is at this point). She said that he should stop after a few weeks and not to freak out; it will pass. Also, his teachers said that many of his little friends at school would do this for a few weeks and then stop.

It hurts me so bad to listen to him struggle to get out a thought and I am praying that this does pass quickly.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Anatomy of a Pop Ice

I came across this image on the world wide web. Its labeling of pop ice anatomy is ridiculously accurate, and hilarious. A smile for your day...


Monday, October 17, 2011

Shake Your Body


Bagley Luck

This post is mainly for me to madly type out my anger, hoping to move past. I have been violated and I am pissed.

This past Sunday, we headed to the NC State Fair with my in-laws, SIL, BIL, and niece. It was a beautiful day and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (pictures from the fair to come). We were there from 9-3, but decided to leave as Carter was melting down and Landon was exhausted.

We had parked on the side of the road that runs parallel to the main road (Hillsborough Street) along with about 100 other cars. This is a high traffic area with people walking past going towards the fairgrounds constantly.

When we walked up to the car, we immediately saw it. The back driver's side window was smashed in. Glass was everywhere. It was all over the boys' carseats, it was all over the floor, in the front seats, in their bag of toys, in my diaper bag, EVERYWHERE. My GPS and car DVD player had been stolen. Yes, I left my GPS in the front window. Yes, it was a mistake. And normally I am very diligent about putting it away when we park, but I didn't this time. Someone saw it, smashed my window, and took my things. They rummaged through my diaper bag. They opened my console to unplug the DVD player. They touched my son's car seat. They were in my car.

Things are things and can be replaced. It's a pain to go through the insurance company and pay the deductible and have to leave my car someplace to get the window replaced, but whatever. I feel so violated. And it pisses me off. Bad.

I am also scared. Home was programmed into my GPS. Are they coming to my house next? Will they come when we are home? Will I walk into my house alone with my boys and be met with burglars? I am scared. I hope that if they were going to do that then they would have taken my garage door opener and done it then when they knew we were at the fair.

The Raleigh police didn't even come out. We filed a complaint over the phone and the report will be faxed to us. They say that they only find prints 2% of the time so that it's not worth their time to come out. Thank you, Raleigh police.

I just can't wrap my head around someone having the courage to smash a window in broad daylight in a high traffic area and only 1/4 mile from an intersection full of cops. In addition to that, did they not think about the glass all in my babies' carseats and the fact that they took my childrens' DVD player? Did it not bother them when they stepped on and broke Carter's favorite Thomas DVD? They will probably get $100 at the pawn shop for both of those things. I hope it was worth it to them. I hope they get something real nice with that Benjamin.



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hello, Handsomes.

Looking handsome: easy

Getting 2 handsome boys to look & smile at the camera together: not so easy


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lego KidsFest

Legos! Legos! Legos!

We went to the Legos KidsFest last weekend. Oh my goodness! A life-sized Lightning McQueen that weighs 3 tons, Woody (Carter's fave) and Buzz, Batman, C3PO and R2D2 and many, many more. Also, there was a monstrous Lego pile as well as a Duplo section for the little ones. They had a football field sized US map made of buildings constructed by the Lego Fest-goers. Christopher added a VT stadium.

We had quite a scare as Carter walked away from us while we were all playing in one section. He was gone a good 2 minutes. I have never felt so much fear and anxiety ever in my life. I looked like a totally manic mom walking around screaming his name. And then, up he walks (from who knows where) like nothing ever happened. Another parent inspired me and I used their trick soon after this; with an ink pen I wrote "Carter's mom, 919-###-####" down his forearm. A leash is looking better and better each time I go out in a crowd with 2 boys. J/K...leashes are for dogs.

Lego KidsFest was fun! We also enjoyed a nice lunch outside in downtown Raleigh afterwards. We'll be looking forward to this event next year.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Why is this little boy so excited? He's on his way to Lego KidsFest! Pictures tomorrow...


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lunch Notes

I always tuck a little love note in Landon's lunch each day just to let him know that I am thinking about him. I typically draw him a little picture or load the note up with stickers. He saves all of them. :)


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Falls Lake

While camping at Falls Lake, the boys had a chance to explore the shoreline.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Camping - Fall 2011

The boys and I met our friends (Gabe, Jennifer and their two boys, Graham and Miller) for a fun night of camping at Falls Lake.

Hot dogs and smores were had by all. The boys enjoyed the campground playground and the fishing pier. And the adults enjoyed a number of beers by the campfire.

We snuggled in our tent with 3 sleeping bags side-by-side and Carter in his pack & play. It was quite a chilly night (lower 40s) so the boys slept in double layers of jammies.

We had such a good time and can't wait to go again!