Friday, April 16, 2010

Future Deletion

This is one of those stories that I can only imagine that 8 or 10 years from now, Owen will be furious with me for having shared. It may deleted at some point in the future, but until then, Enjoy!

A couple of night ago, just after Matthew and I had gone to bed, we heard Owen's bedroom door open. I figured that he was just going to the bathroom, so I wasn't too worried, until I heard his little footsteps go right on past the bathroom. I heard a noise in the kitchen, so I bolted out of bed and ran in there, because I was sure that he was trying to sneak a snack.

The sight that greeted me when I arrived in the kitchen was not of a boy sneaking snacks, but of a boy peeing, all. over. the. floor. I could tell that he was fast asleep, so I said loudly, "Owen! Owen wake up!" He kind of came to, and realized what he was doing and started flailing around and spraying pee all around like an oscillating sprinkler! He started crying when he realized that he was standing in a puddle of pee, and that his jammies were soaked. Matthew and I were laughing because, well, how could we not laugh, but Owen realized that we were laughing at him and he started angry sobbing. He was so mad that we were laughing at his misfortune. I put on a straight face, lifted him out of his puddle, and handed him off to Matthew to clean up, while I set to work cleaning up the floor.

We couldn't stop laughing as we went back to bed. Hopefully this was an isolated sleep walking incident and this doesn't become a habit.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Guess What!

I can hardly believe it, but Owen is now the proud owner of a two-wheel bike. And here's the kicker... He can ride it. Well!

He has had a tricycle for a couple of years, but for some reason, he was never able to pedel it very well. It was strange because Owen has MAD gross motor skills and has always been way ahead of his age group in his major motor skills. We finally figured out that our tricycle put him at an angle that gave him no leverage to pedel. We discovered this because we took him to Target one night and he got on several different trikes and could ride them just fine.

We finally decided that we would let Owen buy a new trike with his Easter money from Grandma and Grandpa. Owen and I had been looking at and trying out different trikes in the store, and I was researching them on the internet. Finally, this Saturday while Matthew and I were together, we decided to let Owen buy a two-wheel bike with training wheels. We figured that if he was able to ride it, it would last him a lot longer in the long run.

So we bought the bike and a helmet, came home to put it together, and then we were off to the park to learn how to ride! At first, he had a hard time remembering not to press the pedals backward because on a trike he was able to, but before long- he was pedaling away like a champ!

He did take a few spills that first day, resulting in skinned palms and knees, but he got right back up and tried again. When we went back out again on Sunday, he rode that bike like he's been riding forever. He rode over three miles that day!!

Owen's new safety gear after his falls: knee, elbow and hand guards

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I once read a quote about Indiana that said, "You know you're a Hoosier if your four seasons are: Almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction." I thought that it was funny and true at the time, but now, at this point in my life, I would like to amend the seasons to, "Road construction, still road construction, more road construction, and winter." A solid 9+ months of each year are consumed with the constructing of roads, so I think that this amendment to the seasons is completely fair...

This is not what I am thankful for.

On Saturday, when Matthew got home from work, I bustled us out of the house to spend the remainder of the beautiful day together as a family. I noted as we left, (somewhat guiltily) that all of our neighbors had already mowed their yards. Our yard was just going to have to wait.

We had a wonderful day together and soaked up the gorgeous sunshine. We went to church, and had dinner out before returning home at nearly 9:00 pm. When we returned, it was evident that our yard had been mowed. Beautifully. Our wonderful neighbors had mowed our yard for us.

When we saw them on Sunday, I went to thank them for doing us such a big favor. Kathy responded by telling me that she'd been there when she was a young mom with an overworked husband and she was happy to do it so that we could spend Saturday together as a family. It was just so kind and thoughtful. I love them.

So today, I'm thankful for wonderful, selfless neighbors who love us endlessly.

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Happy Birthday to my Best Friend

Just like with Todd's, this is a few days late- but she loves me and will forgive me. :)

Eli was so proud to carry Sara's gift.

April 7, we celebrated Sara's 28th birthday- officially making me the last 27 year old in our crew! WooHoo!! ;) We went to the Melting Pot for a special birthday dinner to celebrate a very special person!

The Melting Pot is our local Fondue restaurant, and a super fun place to go. You get cheese with lots of dippers, you cook your own entree in your fondue pot, AND THEN- you get to choose your chocolate. Oh my, the chocolate. The chocolate is to die for! This time we chose a cookies and cream fondue and the flaming turtle. Soooo gooood!

Wednesday night was also week 15 for Baby Bean, apple week, so I called ahead and had the restaurant have an apple on our table when we arrived :)

The boys loved their dinner, and had a great time as well. Owen loved dipping things into the cheese and chocolate, and Eli loved eating the dippers plain.

We were so thankful to spend such a special evening with our very best friends. We're so lucky to have them in our lives and we love celebrating the special days of our lives together! Love you Sara! Happy Birthday!