I had delayed long enough. It was definitely past time to put Daniel into a booster seat, rather than still in a car seat.

I may have possibly teared up when I looked back at him for the first time when he was in his booster. He just looked SO big. I know folks, he is 5 and he is big, but just seeing him make this change was for some weird reason slightly emotional for me.


Our sweet Wesley had to have some blood drawn. After gastrointestinal issues, some not so pleasant bathroom trips, a lot of tears and “Owwhhh! Boo-Boo hurt!” cries while grabbing his throat and chest, and one trip to the ER,  I asked for him to be allergy tested because nothing else was adding up for our little guy.

He cooperated quite nicely with the blood draw and felt comforted by the bright orange band-aid and dinosaur sticker. Two days later we found out the boy is allergic to eggs. Not the type of allergic where your whole face blows up in hives and it is very evident that you have something that your body is not happy with, but “high” on the allergy scale to where he does not need them because his insides get mad about it.

I will obviously NOT be making him an egg any more in the mornings, which tended to be our usual breakfast of choice. One morning here recently, before we knew of his allergy, I asked him if he wanted an egg for breakfast, to which he responded “Yes Momma!” After I made it, he decided he no longer wanted it. I told him he would need to eat some of his egg before he could have more food, which he did eventually do. I made him eat egg, which he was/is allergic to…yes, yes I did.


Mom of the year right here.

I’m glad to say we’re one week in from avoiding eggs in any form and he is doing much better already!

(Just so you know, eggs are in all kinds of random things too, such as hot dogs and pretzels, and of course cookies, cake, and bread. Egg allergies are actually the most common allergy in children and they often just appear around the age of 1 or 2 and kids usually outgrow the intolerance by age 5 or 6)


Chapter Books

Well, we’ve celebrated the 5th birthday of our first born, and now  he has officially turned 5, a new bed time routine has been enacted. No longer will any random book be read at bedtime. Now, Daniel will be read a chapter from a “chapter book.”

Let me tell you, my heart has been excited about this day. I was not read chapter books at bedtime when I was little, but the whole thought of a parent reading through a big book together with his or her child makes this English teacher heart of mine happy.

And yes, one day I do envision journeying through the Harry Potter series together, but until those are more age appropriate, I had to ask the librarian for some suggestions. From her advice, I chose to go with the Magic Tree House series. The chapters are very brief, there are occasional pictures, and the storyline is perfect for small kids with big imaginations, like our sweet Daniel. The whole group is also in our local public library, so this makes for a pragmatic selection.

The only downside? Thomas generally tucks Daniel in at night while I tuck in Wesley. This routine began when I was nursing Wesley and I was really the only parent in the household that could take care of that need, so Thomas just began winding Daniel down for the night. This habit therefore means that I will not be the one reading the chapter books to him regularly, and in all honesty that makes me a bit jealous, but there is also an opportunity here and there, which means I will have to keep up on the readings myself! I do like that Thomas and Daniel will get a special bonding time one-on-one, which I get during the day when we are home together and Wesley is napping.

They will be on Chapter 5 tonight, and when I asked Daniel how the story was progressing, he turned into a spectacular literary critic and summarized the first bits to me, saying “The tree house spun in circles……what will happen next?”which I assume was a small line from the close of one of the chapters, but being I have only read chapter 1, I can’t say for sure.

So, here’s to chapter books, growing imaginations, literacy, and daddy and son bonding time, along with a little magic in a tree house too, I would presume!

5 Years and Counting

Daniel is turning 5 this month. It is almost unbelievable. I mean, 5? Really? Man oh man. Although he is not officially 5, we’ve already had his party. He wanted a Sponge Bob party, and even though I am not a Sponge Bob fan and we don’t even have the cable channels that it comes on at our house, he has seen it at his Grandma’s and he likes it. We check out the books from the library and the bright yellow sponge is a hit with him and his brother. So, alas, a Sponge Bob party it was.

I lined the sidewalk coming into our house with pineapples, and the table was mainly decorated with items Wesley was given at his 2nd birthday from his Aunt. I made a square yellow cake and we found some Sponge Bob mini-characters at a yard sale that became great cupcake toppers.

Being that he is only turning 5 and a simple party at home is still pleasing to him, I opted to keep it low-key and ultimately cheap. We ordered pizza for everyone, which is certainly not healthy but it was tasty and convenient. It’s a birthday so everyone is allowed to splurge, right?

Daniel was given some gifts that truly suited him. It is neat to see him developing a personality, and I really appreciate people buying gifts to suit his tastes. He was given some art supplies, books, puzzles, some Star Wars clothing items, a Sponge Bob necklace with his name on it, a Lego sticker book, a Veggie tales DVD, and a Sponge Bob game.

Although we had talked the night before the party about what you do when you get something that you may already have, complete with role playing, Daniel still said “I already have that!” when he opened his Veggie Tales DVD. Fortunately only family was there, so no one got too upset. In fact, my mom is going to put the receipt in the mail and we can try to get him one he does not have yet.

His gift from us was an Angry Bird hat, which he was quite fond of after opening it. He has been wearing it off and on since and it just cracks me up to see it atop his head! I honestly can’t wait for it to get much cooler so he can wear it around all the time!

The weather was great, so the cousins played outside. Throwing Frisbee, swinging, sidewalk chalk, wrestling, bikes, and other outdoor activities were on the agenda. I wish November weather could be a little more predictable, for I just might make a leap and plan the whole event outside, if I could be promised super weather like we had on the party day.

Looking at these pictures, it is just so hard to believe that my first born is already so independent. I mean, at his first birthday he wasn’t even walking and needed my help with every present. Now, he is running full force and ripping open packages. In fact, my sweet niece was still in the womb at his first birthday bash and now she is writing her own name with sidewalk chalk! Sweet great-grandparents  of Daniel were present at birthdays past that are no longer with us. As he grows, life changes, and I am just glad to have moments of pause and celebration of the amazing life the Lord has granted unto us to raise to honor him. Man, I had no intentions of making this a sappy post, but when I just glimpse at the photos of the day, I get soft-hearted. Happy Birthday Daniel! We were pleased to celebrate you, dear son, and we can’t wait until the official day comes and we can applaud you all again, complete with another surprise!


We started off our costume wearing with a bang, or more like a bust. As I said last Friday on Facebook, “Who dressed her kids up in costumes, albeit not their official Halloween costumes, and took her kids to an event in downtown Clarksville, only to realize that the event is the NEXT night. Certainly not this mom. Certainly not.” (see the pictures here)

On Saturday, we attended a party at the home of one of Thomas’s co-workers. Through a miscommunication, I was unaware of the adults should wear costumes too plan. 3 hours before party start, I got the memo, and being that Thomas was at a motorcycle class that day, I and had to get to work planning something based off of materials in my home while the kiddos were napping. I was pretty impressed with myself. It doesn’t get much better than a homemade burger and a can of Mountain Dew.

Daniel went as Thomas the train, but I somehow missed snapping a photo of him. Wesley was an alien from Toy Story. Both costumes for the kids were taken from our dress up bin, and they were thoroughly happy to wear more festive attire out and about again.

The hostess was a girl after my own heart, for she had themed Halloween items all around, most specifically for our food. My favorite had to be the “pumpkin brains,” which was a roasted pepper stuffed with spaghetti. Wesley was a huge fan.  One of the best things about the party was that everyone dressed up! I love when folks follow through.

Sunday night we took the kids to a Trick-or-Trunk at the home church of our friend’s parents. It was a small little Methodist church that took the event seriously, and it was great to have a small, safe environment for the kids to mingle. This trip Daniel recreated the cowboy get-up and Wesley chose to be a “Bad Guy,” which by no means should be confused with a “Pirate.” He would set you straight if you called him a pirate.


And, last but not least, the main event. Thomas had put the finishing touches on Daniel’s costume and the boys were ready to be their chosen costume duo, “Larry Boy and the Fib from Outer Space.”

(I am not sure why Daniel kept doing this head tilt deal) Here is the real Larry Boy and Fib, for reference:

Not everyone knew who Daniel was, for if you don’t really have young kids, you are basically unaware of Veggie Tales, and you really need to be a Veggie Tales fan to know of Larry Boy. I think, however, that Thomas made a terrific hood for Daniel to wear, and my last minute sewing scraps raid proved to pull through for me once again (perhaps the yellow looks familiar to you…..it was my hamburger “cheese”). Although Wesley was beyond proud to be “blue guy” AKA “Elmo costume from after Halloween 90% clearance spray painted blue” AKA “The Fib from Outer Space,” everyone kept calling him Cookie Monster. As long as the name Cookie Monster was followed by candy, he could care less. This boy figured out the routine fast, and by the end of the night, he was chiming in with “One more house! Candy!”

It was such a fun night Trick-or-Treating, and the fun that my kids had at all the events made my heart happy, sans the non-event event that I took them to a day early.  Last year was no where near this fun, and I can’t imagine what sort of wild and wacky costumes the kids are going to want to be next!

And just think of how awesome my costume would be if I had more than 3 hours notice! :o)