Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday

  • Landon and I went to his dermatologist again yesterday to check in. After some talk about whether or not we thought the treatments were helping (we do) he recommended Landon do 11 more, which will bring his total to 22. He also prescribed a topical ointment to help the itching he has behind his knees and on his hands. The doctor believes that once we get to the 22nd UVB treatment Landon’s skin could be completely clear. I’m skeptical, but hopeful. We shall see. Before we left they showed us some photo’s they’d taken of Landon the last time we were there and then took a few new pictures for comparison. We could tell a major difference in the way he looked, so we’re hoping this could be just what he’s needed.
  • Dakota isn’t feeling so good today. She’s had a bit of a runny nose for a couple days now and a slight cough in the morning as well, but she’s been pretty happy and playing otherwise, until today anyways. This morning she woke up like the other days so I thought we’d go look for some new shoes for the kids at the mall. We did our thing at the mall but when we got home she was miserable. She couldn’t/wouldn’t nap and cried and cried and cried. I took her on a long walk around the neighborhood in her stroller and she didn’t make a peep the entire time we were out there. I kept thinking/hoping she was asleep but she wasn’t. She was just content to be pushed along. Poor girl. I sure hope she feels better in the morning because I paid for her and Harper to go to an Easter egg hunt.
  • The bleeding hearts that we planted last year are blooming like crazy right now. They are so gorgeous!

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  • Harper has been a serious little booger the past couple of days. He’s had more time outs than usual and he’s been a little wilder that usual. I don’t know what’s going on but sure hope he gets over it soon because he’s making me a little crazy. One thing he did today was steal some of Landon’s candy, rip it open and eat a piece before anyone knew what was going on. It made me laugh a little and I told Landon that he’d better learn to put his stuff away. Landon was pretty upset about the whole thing, but Harper was pretty proud of himself! I just had to laugh about that one!
  • We dyed Easter eggs tonight and while it was fun, it was MESSY! I’ll be sure to post the pictures later…

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Visit With An Old Neighbor

We’ve been as busy as ever these past few days. Yesterday we went to an old friends house to visit. She was actually my neighbor for several years in our old neighborhood and she’d invited us over to hang out and to let the two little’s meet her dogs. We got over there around 10am and the kids were super excited to meet the dogs, Ace and Luke. Ace and Luke were equally excited to meet them though and were jumping up on H and D so they were a little afraid of them at first. Once the newness wore off though, the kids and dogs enjoyed each other’s company.

Amy, my old neighbor, had gone out the day before and picked up some Easter eggs and little toys to go inside and when we got there she had her daughter and Landon go outside to hide them for the younger two. Once they were done, we took the kids outside to find the eggs and they had a wonderful time!

She’d also baked some cupcakes and left them unfrosted so that the two kids could frost and decorate their own. I thought it was really nice of her to have thought out these things for the kids to do, and the kids really liked hanging out over there. We’ll have to go back over sometime when it’s warm out because she has a great big back yard that I know my two would love to check out.

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As we left, both kids gave Ms. Amy hugs and kisses. They really liked her and being over at her house for a visit. She packed up the kids’ loot from the egg hunt and we headed home. When we got home I unpacked the bag she’d sent only to find a little bag with two wrapped gifts inside. I gave Harps and Koko each one thing to unwrap and they found a couple cute little gifts inside.

Harper got a ball game and a toy shovel filled with candy.

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Dakota got a package of bracelets/rings and a toy rake filled with candy.

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At dinner last night Harper asked me if visiting Ms. Amy was just a “one day thing”. I told him I thought we’d go back once the weather was nice and he said he thought that’d be a great idea!

Thanks for a nice morning, Ms. Amy, Emily, CJ, Luke and Ace!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sports Camp: Volleyball

Today the kids got to try volleyball. I thought volleyball might be a pretty far stretch for a bunch of 3-5 year olds, but they actually did pretty well.

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They started with their usual warm up, which is running back and forth across the court. Then they played a new game called heads and tails. The “heads” were to run around the court while the “tails” followed them as closely as possible. It took a little bit before they all understood what they were supposed to be doing, but they did eventually get it. (There were only 5 kids today because we’re on spring break up here at the moment.)

After all the running they were each given a ball that they were to try to toss up in front of them and then catch. They did this for awhile and then the coach showed them how to hold the ball out on one hand and then hit it underneath with the opposite hand. They did that for quite awhile and it was pretty funny at first…

But, after awhile, they (sorta) got that too. Last, but not least, the kids practiced bumping the ball with their forearms. They had partners toss the ball to them and they were shown how to hold out their arms to try to bump the ball back. It was chaotic, but they were having a good time. Eventually a short net was pulled out for the kids to try to bump the ball back and forth over and they all loved that!

I was surprised how much the kids were actually able to do today. I didn’t have much hope for volleyball, but they did great! There are only 3 weeks left and the three sports left to try are football, lacrosse and tennis.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dino’s and Blossoms

Harper’s preschool teacher informed me that the dinosaur exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in DC was closing at the end of April for renovations so we decided to make a stop there since we were already downtown. The dinosaur exhibit is scheduled to be closed until 2019, and I figured that would be soon enough to visit the dinosaurs again! :)

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After checking out the dinosaurs for a bit we went outside to find lunch. We decided to just get food right outside the Smithsonian because Dakota was about to start chewing her arm off. It was like a picnic disaster in a comic book or something. A bird crapped on Harper’s fruit cup, thankfully before we’d opened it, Dakota would NOT sit and eat, drinks were spilled, food was dropped, and stains were made. It wasn’t pretty. But, despite it all, we finished and then started our long trek to the Tidal Basin.

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In all my life I have never seen crowds like there were yesterday, with the exception of the trip we took to New York City a few years ago. We were like cattle crossing the streets, and moving along the sidewalks. We were being herded towards the water and trees and there was no escaping; we couldn't have turned around and gone back if we’d wanted to.

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Crossing the roads was a huge challenge since there were 8 of us trying to stay together. We had the big double stroller with us too and I think that helped because people couldn’t get right in front of us but had to maneuver around the stroller. The crossing guards really had their jobs cut out for them all day long getting people to move! move! move! across the streets. Once we made across the streets to the water area, we had to go under a chain to get down to the sidewalk. My lord was that a challenge with the two littles and the stroller. But, we made it down and pushed our way through and up to the railing to see those beautiful trees…and, it was worth it.

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It was just as crazy and hectic getting away from the Tidal Basin as it was to get to it, but we made it out of there alive. It had been as much fun as we could stand, so we headed towards the Metro to get home. We went where we always go only to find out that they were only letting people exit the Metro from that set of stairs…so, we headed to the other set of stairs and THE PEOPLE!! There were just hoards of people trying to get down to the trains. It was maddening. We made it down to the platform and when the train pulled up I was positive we weren’t going to get seats, but somehow, we did. It was just mind boggling to see so many people crammed onto the trains and the platforms. There was literally nowhere to go but with the flow.

We made it back home, safe and sound and dead tired…and I think we’ll go back about the same time the new dinosaur exhibit opens.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

We all got up super early this morning (early for some of us, the usual for the rest) and headed to DC for the cherry blossom festival. With the exception of NYC, I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere as crowded in my whole life. It was crazy, hectic and flat out annoying at times, but we had a pretty decent time despite the billions of people.

Dakota had her first ride on the metro this morning. She enjoyed it for about 4 minutes then said “None(Done)!”. Smile

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Harper, on the other hand, loved riding the train and kept talking about how cool it was going to be when we went underground. When we finally did go underground he looked at me and said “I know how to tell when we’re underground cuz’ it gets dark!”

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We got downtown just in time for the parade but there wasn’t anywhere to sit or even stand to get a good view. We found a spot where people were sitting and stood behind them to see, so it wasn’t too awful, but the two little one’s couldn’t move at all so it wasn’t fun for them very long. Tony took them to play for a little bit while the rest of us watched the parade, but we all decided it was time to go after about 40 minutes.

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People were just breathing down our necks and there was this man who was damn near climbing in our stroller to get a better view of the parade, so I had enough and led the way out of that mess.

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The two pictures below are of “The Second Time Arounders” . They were older cheerleaders, color guard and band members who got together and made their own marching band. I have no idea how old they were, but there were some that looked to be at least in the their 60s or so. They were fun to watch and they were having a GREAT time!

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The little boy in the picture below was fun to watch as well ! He was mimicking the older guy perfectly, only he was so much cuter!

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As this covered wagon came down the road, Mema said to Landon “I remember those from when I was a girl”. There was a lady that was sitting in front of us that overheard her say that and she said “Oh come on!” and we all got a good laugh out of it!

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