Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Luke's Big Day at the Dentist



Oh, my poor sweet honey bunny had a BIG day at the dentist! Eight root canals and silver crown. He was under complete anesthesia and the whole mouth was done at once.

I was super-nervous about him being placed under anesthesia, but after one failed attempt at the regular dentist using laughing gas, I knew we had to see the pediatric specialist and have it done all at once.

Luke did amazingly well...and he was so funny when he was waking up. It was probably a 1/2 hour after we got home when we were watching Cat in the Hat that Luke said, "Mom! This show isn't right. There are two Cat in the Hats and two Thing #2's!" It wasn't until he looked over at Leo and asked why he had four eyes that I realized he was seeing double and having blurry vision! (One of the side effects of the anesthesia.)

About a 1/2 hour later he told me that his mouth was waking up and that he could see again. True to my big boy, he soon started asking for food. Two bowls of pumpkin-spice pudding, three bowls of apple sauce and two bowls of jello later and he was still hungry! I guess that is what happens when you don't feed a growing five-year old anything since mid-night the night before! So, I made a big pot of homemade chicken noodle and vegetable soup.

I'm so grateful this experience is over and hope that the crowns hold until his adult teeth come in, sometime around 10-12 years old. Until then, we'll be chipping away at $4K dental bill!

Grove Along & The Goodbye Song

Luke is always singing and dancing or rapping. He's so musically inclined and just has a rhythm in him that he can't contain. Recently he made up a song with beats and raps that I call, "Grove Along." It's so funny to watch him sing this so I had to record him.

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The next song was one he came home from school singing today. It's called the, "Goodbye Song" and they sing it every day before school is out. I'm not totally sure what Luke will be when he grows up, but something to do with music is at the top of my list.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Luke & Kindergarten



Luke came home this week with so much to tell me about the police officers that visited his school. He was so excited to have seen a police car up close, the K9 unit, the pepper spray the use on bad guys and even a real gun!

The funniest part was when he put on the police hat they made and asked to borrow our pepper grinder so he could protect our house from burglars.

The next thing that Luke had to tell me about was his trip to the library! For the past several weeks the kids have been allowed to visit the library, but not check out books, as they have been teaching them about how to be responsible with the books and take care of them. Well, this week the FINALLY were allowed to bring a book home to read. I couldn't help but laugh hysterically at the book Luke chose. It was titled, "My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks." Ha!

I have to say that so far Luke has had a wonderful kindergarten experience. I'm so happy and excited for him! He's such a smart boy and is growing up so quickly right before my eyes!

Play Ball!





Recently Luke had his first baseball game as a member of the Atlanta Braves. All his best buddies from preschool and the moms' group are on his team: Luke J, Brady, Collin, Michael and Evan.

The days leading up to this event were filled with lots of Father/Son firsts: first trip to the sports store, first real glove, bat, uniform, etc.

Luke could hardly contain his excitement the morning of his first game. As we geared up, he promised to hit a home run for me. (A home run to him is anytime he makes it around all four bases...regardless of how many others had to help hit him in.) I was so happy for him that he did score a point! He really thought he was "da man!" And...in my heart, he was!!!

It was a hot day, but so worth the effort.

Luke has had a couple of week night games since then and each time he gets better and better. I can't wait to see my little slugger (and daddy) at the next game. Leo has been helping coach by pitching and that has Luke really excited too. Who knows...with three boys in our family, we're sure to get close to a little league world series, right?!?

Best Brothers!


I cant' begin to express what a blessing it is to see my boys playing together and becoming such good friends. They are such a great age space apart and, now that Noah is growing up, they have really become good playmates and friends.

The other morning they were snuggled up on the couch together cuddling and hugging each other. It was so sweet and absolutely melted my heart.

I love seeing my boys love each other. I am daily reminded of just how blessed I am to call these boys my own!

Celebrating Lil' Luke's Birthday



On Saturday's Lil' Luke (who is officially as tall as my "big" Luke) comes over to play. This particular Saturday it was Lil' Luke's birthday.

About an hour before he was scheduled to arrive, my boys started getting really excited. They asked if we were having a party for him...and I thought, why not! So, we got out our Happy Birthday banners and signs and dressed up in our best party hats and glasses.

When Lil' Luke came to the door, I was ready when video camera in hand as the boys shouted, "Happy Birthday!" Lil' Luke was SO surprised...he actually got a little embarrassed and shy.

Later I found out that our neighbors two doors down could hear us shouting and celebrating over their baby monitor!

As usual, the boys had a great day playing, drumming, and jumping on the trampoline. The next day we went to his actual party at a bowling alley, which was a huge hit too.

It's so nice having friends who are like your family! These boys have known each other since they were born and are sure to be best buddies for life!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

McDonald's Mania



Luke absolutely LOVES to pretend that he works at McDonald's. Almost every day he stands up at the bar in our kitchen placing and taking orders. He even keeps his old McDonald's gift cards and pretends to swipe them through his cash resister (as he calls it).

The other day he set up his cash register in the kitchen and dressed in his complete McDonald's outfit: apron, hat, name badge and headset.

Before it was all over, he recruited Noah to be his "cook." He set up a stool and work station complete with pretend food from his kitchen to cook and serve his guests.

The boys must have played for an hour before dinner was ready for real. I love my funny, silly boys!!!

Sugar Bear Noah





I finally had a little time to make a new crocheted hat pattern that I had been dying to try...a cute little boy hat with bear ears, ear flaps and a braided tie.

The ears took me a while and I'm still perfecting them, but I just had to take a picture of my sweet Noah-boy wearing the hat. After all, nothing makes a hat look as good as an adorable model!

Not to be left out of the action, Luke had to get in the next picture. Both boys love to have their pictures taken!!

Cowboy in Undies



Noah is just too stinkin' cute in his big boy undies & cowboy boots! I am so proud of him for basically potty-training himself. I'm still amazed at how easy it has been!! There's no doubt we're still in the "training" phase though, so most of the time Noah is running around in his undies...if we're lucky!

I'm not sure what he's more excited about...his first pairs of super-hero undies or the fact that he can fit in to Luke's old cowboy boots. Regardless, it's the combination of the two that make for such an adorable memory!

I wish I had been able to catch him with his stick-pony and sombrero. Now that was a funny site!!

Playdough Fun!



Luke and Noah have more fun creating with their play dough table in the garage. It's funny how the garage has slowly changed from a place we park our cars to a place the boys can play on bad-weather days.

Today Luke decided to make a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. He was so proud to bring it in for me to taste-test. Next, he made a birthday cake topped with "candles" made from golf tees! I have to give it to the kid when it comes to creativity and imagination!

Now, if I could just get him to be as excited about putting his play dough tools up and the play dough back in the cans!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Noah's 1st Day of Preschool





Today, my baby boy Noah started his very first day of preschool at Wylie United Methodist Church's Learning Academy Preschool.

Noah looked like such a big boy this morning dressed in his new polo style shirt and plaid shorts. He proudly carried his Thomas the Train backpack and lunch box.

When we arrived at school Ms. Theresa was waiting for us. Blocks were on the table and names were on the cubbies.

There was a bit of trepidation and a few tears as I tried to leave. Ms. Theresa was there to take him from my arms and hold him. By the time I peeked back in, Noah was happily playing.

I can't wait to hear how his day went and see what fun things he made. I am so blessed to watch my boys grow...what a privilege to be their mother!