Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cavities and the Greenway

Xander went to the dentist for the first time when he was 2 years old.  I know of some 2-year-old children who can be patient, sit still, and even watch entire movies at one time.  My children have never been like that.  Xander is, in fact, almost 6 years old and still has a hard time watching movies in one sitting.  The last time we went to the theater he stood up several times just so he could move and talked "quietly" (to him; not to the rest of us) for 40% of the film.  And - honest to goodness - that was the best trip to the movies so far.

But what I'm talking about is the dentist.  So - when 2-year-old Xander went to the dentist for the very first time, we were there over 2 hours before the dentist even saw him.  When she finally did, she told me that he had 8 cavities.  Eight.  Cavities.  In his tiny baby teeth.  Naturally, I polished off my Mom of the Year plaque as soon as I got home. 

Relaxing in the waiting room - check out his crossed ankles

Long story short - it took several months and many tear-filled trips to the dentist to get all of that taken care of.  Since then, cleanings every 6 months and no cavities.  Until today.

He went for a cleaning today and the dentist immediately found a cavity.  X-rays revealed 3 more.  Ugh.  I hate cavities.  Most of them were between his teeth, and I'll admit we do not floss his teeth much at all.  (I know, it's totally shameful.  But it's true.)  So the dentist offered to do one filling while we were there today, and we did it.  And it was not awesome.  It's wasn't awful (thanks in part to the great staff there - for real), but it wasn't awesome.  He was a little scared and trying to be brave, but broke a couple times and shed a few tears.  It kind of broke my heart - both the tears and seeing him trying to be tough.

But we got through it and talked about brushing more often and more thoroughly.  And after all that, we treated ourselves to Chick Fil A for lunch, and brought some home to the twins then put them down for nap.  Then we had to have some fun to make up for that morning.  Including going for a walk on the Greenway and eating a picnic dinner outside after Lucas got home.  So I'm going to stop typing now and show you some pictures from that (all taken with my phone because I didn't bring the camera).

Happy mid-week, friends!  Hope you're getting amazing weather like we are.  And I hope you're able to enjoy it!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Sun is Back!

Let me just start out by telling you about my little Piper.  She is such a bully to her brothers sometimes.  Xander told us tonight that Piper hit him "a lot of times" while they were playing Jenga.  And earlier when the twins were supposed to be napping, I looked on the nursery camera and saw sweet Paxton laying in his bed covered up - exactly as I left him 10 minutes earlier.  Piper, though, was jumping on his bed.  Yes, on Paxton's bed.  While he's laying in it.  Then she bends down and just slaps him in the face for no reason.  I had to run up to their room and punish her.  Then later in the afternoon, Pax was playing nicely in the playroom by himself, Xander and Lucas were outside, and Piper was running around.  All of a sudden I hear Piper making a loving "mmmm mmmmm" noise.  I look over and she has Paxton's blankie (the one thing we don't make them share - that is HIS blankie), rubbing it on her face and cooing, while staring right at Paxton.  He looked up, started to yell at her, and she turned on her heels and ran away, laughing.  I swear, that girl. . .  she is such a mess.  And pretty much exactly how I expected my daughter to be.  I adore her.

So anyway - we were outside a lot yesterday (Friday), and now me and the twins are covered in mosquito bites (even though we sprayed ourselves).  Yeesh.  I hate those things.  But oh well - it hasn't rained in 2 days and we played outside!  Woo hoo!

We actually started Friday by going to Walmart.  I put Piper's hair in pigtails for this outing and she kept them in the whole time!  (And yes - she's playing with fireplace tools and Raja's water here.  I don't even notice these things anymore.)

After Walmart we went outside to play.

Macaroni brothers!

Always with the faces.  (Two teeth gone!)

Here they were playing restaurant.  Xander ordered and the twins gave him food.

He was so tickled.  He'd say "I ordered a sandwich and she gave me bananas!"

There's the face again.  He's like a little adult and we have this "Aren't they cute?" face we give each other.  I love him.

Pretending to sleep

Then the hose came out.  I know - complain about rain, then get wet anyway.  We can't be pleased.

Then today (Saturday) we went to a birthday party at a really cool park.  It has a playground and a splash pad, and this was the first time we've been there.

This is as far into the water as Piper made it.  Paxton didn't even make it this far.

He preferred the playground.

Fun weekend so far!  And tomorrow we have church then another birthday party - this time a pool party!  But I probably won't get pictures because I'll be in the pool.  Yeah, sorry.  I keep doing that, don't I?

But here is my on-going Project 365!

Day 51 - This one is blurry and was taken with my phone, but I love it.

Day 52 - These two kill me.

Day 53 - A real smile.  Only captured when he doesn't know I have a camera on him.

Thanks for reading, friends!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This week

It's funny - we've been very busy the past few weeks.  Like, plans every day busy.  Yet - I can't think of anything to blog about.  Ridiculous, huh?  But I guess it's because it's stuff like visiting my grandmother (where I forgot my camera) and going to meetings and church stuff.  Oh, speaking of church though, I really should have taken a picture of the kids when they went to church Sunday morning.  They were pretty cute - especially Paxton.  Everyone kept saying what a little man he is.  Man, that was mean, huh?  Telling you that, then not having pictures to go with it?  Lame.

Dude, I am such a good blogger.

Anyway - how about some random pictures from the past few days?  Let's start with hanging out in the play room a couple days ago.

And this was yesterday.  Showing me some new moves.

And here's a few from this morning.  We've had bits of sun for a few minutes at a time, but mostly rain for about 5 days so far.  So after we dropped Xander off at VBS this morning, we didn't even go back in the house - straight outside to play.

Nap time.  Don't they look so tired?

During nap time I watched a battle of apple juice (good) vs. milk (evil).  Surprisingly, milk won.

And here are the latest pictures for Project 365

Day 46 - Piper is destroying a house the boys just built.  Lucas saw it coming, but couldn't stop it.  Paxton is upset and crying.  Xander is upset and yelling "Stop!"  So typical.

Day 47 - After the twins woke up from nap, Paxton crawled on Piper's bed and they talked and giggled for a while.

Day 48  - Eating breakfast.  Love this kid.

Day 49

Day 50