Saturday, March 6, 2010

My Day in photos

Friday, we went up to my parents' house because Owen and I had dentist appointments. We still go to my childhood dentist, Dr. Glenn Smith, because well, he is the best dentist to ever walk the face of the earth. Ever. I've explained to him in detail, that he is never allowed to retire. He explained to me that when he starts coming at me with a drill in his shaky, old man hands, that I will be begging him to retire. Owen started seeing Dr. Smith last summer, and he did so well. Dr. Smith was great with him, and as a result, Owen is starting out on the right foot for feeling good about his dental care.

Owen had his first "by himself" appointment scheduled and when the hygienist, Elaine, came out to get him, she asked, "Owen, are you ready to come back and get your teeth cleaned?" He looked at her like she was crazy, and said, "No, I'm not ready yet." I convinced him to go back, and I stayed with him until they were ready for me. I'm so glad that I did because I was able to snap some great photos to commemorate the event.

Did you notice who else was present for the cleaning? Yep, that's right, Cheetah. Owen told Elaine that Cheetah needed a bib too, and she happily obliged. She humored him in all of his concerns and totally gained his trust. He allowed both her, and Dr. Smith to check and clean his teeth. I was proud of how well he handled it, (better than me) and so thankful that we have such an awesome dentist!

After we were done at the dentist, we went back to Grandma and Grandpa's. I have to say that most trips to my mom and dad's are interesting...This is mostly because of the wide variety of wildlife that resides there. I love the animals and they remind me that I'm home because I grew up in a zoo of our own creation. :) There are of course plenty of toys and vehicles to occupy one's attention as well.

So our day went kind of like this....

There was four-wheeling

There was the sweet-talking of a conservation officer

There was a raccoon who decided to plow her not-slim body into the side of my head

There was a little baby loving on a big, spoiled horse
There was the showering of a Macaw

Oh, what's that? Your Friday wasn't as exciting as mine? Didn't think so. :) I love my mama and papa, and I love going to their house because there is truly never a dull moment.

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How'd they know?

I don't think that Degree realized how much I needed protection for all of those OMG moments when they came up with this marketing campaign. Of course, my OMG moments might mean something a little different than what they were going for- but still, so appropriate for my life! Wish that I would have had this deoderant last Christmas Eve!

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Where a Kid can be a Kid!

Thursday, I had another treat when picking Owen up from school, a THIRD good report. I had a fun play date planned for him, but it was dependent upon positive news from school. I was soo excited to be able to call Emily and let her know that Owen and I would be meeting her and N at Chuck E. Cheese for lunch. Owen had never been to Chuck E. Cheese before so it was a pretty special treat to be able to go there. I was surprised and pleased to find that it was reasonably priced as well! The second that we got in the door, the boys were itching to go play. They LOVED that they got "money" to spend on whatever they wanted to do. The package that we got included 130 tokens, and those lasted them ALL day because each ride/game only takes 1 token. Both boys were pretty impressed with all of the choices of things to do. They played while we waited for our pizza to arrive, and then Emily and I had the fun task of wrestling both boys into submission to eat. We ended up playing there for about 4 hours! It really was a fun time, and I look forward to taking him back there.

One of my favorite parts of the day was near the end. There was a race car that the boys had enjoyed riding in several times throughout the day, but it was a fairly gentle ride that just sort of rocked back and forth. It was three o'clock, about two hours past nap time, and Owen was one tired boy. I looked over and there he sat in the race car, rocking back and forth, and he was just almost asleep. The ride would stop, he'd pull a token out of his sweaty little fist, restart the ride, and then almost fall asleep again. It was super cute.

The other thing about Chuck E. Cheese is that on many of the games, you can earn tickets for playing. Owen was pretty good at some of the games and he was psyched to get tickets for playing. He ended up winning 165 tickets! His friend, N, wasn't so much into the games and ended up with only 10 tickets. When Owen went to redeem his prize, he found out that he could get two lizards and two suckers with his tickets. I couldn't have been prouder of him when he chose to give one lizard and one sucker to N. What a sweet boy.

I really hope that this trend of good school days is marking a turning point in his maturity and enthusiasm towards his education.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Another Great Day

I think that we're finally all on the mend and feeling better. We had a rough week and a half, but I have my fingers crossed that we're over all that was plaguing us. Today, Owen had school and I'm happy to say that I received another positive report about my little man today. That's two school days in a row! WOO HOO! That's cause for celebration in my book, so we went to our favorite little bagel shop and had lunch and then we went to Jo Ann Fabrics to get some things that I needed.

Back up a little. Since Christmas, when Matthew and I exchanged bathrobes, Owen has been talking about wanting a bath robe. I have been promising that I would make him one when I got my machines out. Well today was the day. He had already picked out the fabric that he wanted from my current stash, but I told him that we could get a "sticker" (applique) to put on his robe. He was sooo excited to look through the assortment of "stickers" that Jo Ann had to offer, and although I *may* have steered him away from a few more "feminine" options, he ended up choosing a great little dump truck. He was thrilled to carry that little dump truck around the store, and I was thrilled that it kept his hands off of all of the other things in the store. He was cracking me up because he stopped several different employees to tell them ALL about his new robe. If you know Owen, you know that he doesn't spare you any details- and these employees all got to hear waaaay more than they ever wanted to know about Owen's new bathrobe. :)

It went something like this...

O "I have a dumptruck sticker."

(E)mployee, "Oh you do?"

O, "Yup, I'm going to put it on my wobe"

E, "You have a robe?"

O, "Nope."

E, "Oh?"

O, "Mommy and me are making my wobe, and it's going to have a dumptruck sticker."

E, "Oh, well that will be nice."

O, "Mommy's going to get her snowing machines out, both of them, but I'm not allowed to touch them. I'm going to help with the other parts. Mommy, you'll help me with the other parts right?"

Me, "Uh huh."

O, "Yeah, Mommy will help me with the other parts. We're going to make my wobe when we get home after my nap. I don't want to take a nap, but mommy says I have to take a nap. After my nap I'll have a snack. I'm going to have a bagel for my snack because that's what I had for lunch. Mommy put the piece I had left in a sack and she said that I can have it for snack. It was a french toast bagel. After I eat my bagel snack, I can help mommy make my wobe. It's going to have a dumptruck sticker on it."

E, (Inching away) "That sounds good. Enjoy your robe." (Bolts)

I hope that when he starts writing that he puts his knack for including the details to good use! :)

Without further ado, here are some photos of the little man modeling his new robe and matching pajama pants :)

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