Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tooth Fairy; Loop #7

Last Saturday we went up to Six Flags: Great America to start our season of fun. We all had a blast (even though I did a lot of waiting for my guys as they rode things - rides make me sick :P)! At one point we bought some popcorn and Kian was eating some in the stroller as we were walking to another area. All of a sudden Kian started to yell, "Momma!" Of course we stopped and Kian wanted to hand me something. I thought it was a kernel of popcorn, nope it was his tooth! Earlier that day he had told us that his tooth was loose but we certainly didn't think it would come out at the park!

Needless to say, the TF was able to find us at our hotel (after she got some change). And thankfully her swap was easy since Kian was knocked out from having so much fun all day long, he didn't even stir almost all night!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Zoo Field Trip!

Being a SAHM is a wonderful thing and being able to chaperon some of Kian's field trips is one of the many reasons why I love it so much.

Today the Bottenfield kindergarten classes went to Decatur to see the zoo and children's museum. I was the Momma Giraffe to the three little Giraffes below (each chaperoned group was given an animal).

The photo above was taken on the train. Funny how Jong Min is the only one smiling - well not really - we were all pretty miserable because it rained the whole time we were there! None of us had jackets or umbrellas, but thankfully the zoo gift shop had umbrellas so we had shelter if we wanted it.

We ate lunch before we headed to the museum and at lunch I talked to the boys about their favorite animals. All of them said that there most favorite was the white peacock that was roaming around the park. It screeched at us after Kian made a high pitched noise to it - it scared the boys a bit and sent me into a good laugh. The boys laughed too after they realized the peacock was only just talking back and wouldn't come after them.

The museum was a lot of fun. Although there was a lot to look at and having three little boys to look after made it hard to keep them wrangled from running off! One of the favorite things for all the kids at the museum was a climbing structure. Below are some photos of my "Giraffes" climbing together.

All-in-all we had a really good day. I was quite exhausted when we got home and wondered how Mr. Keepes does this every day. It really does take a special kind of person to be a teacher.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Appendix? Who needs it anyway...

Well, Jamie certainly didn't! Thursday night he complained about a stomach ache that we just marked up to being indigestion. He felt a bit better in the morning but since it was Friday, we figured we would head to the doctor just to make sure everything was ok. Thank GOD for our main doctor, Dr. Walker and his thoroughness! He didn't think that Jamie had appendicitis, but to be cautious he sent him for a CT scan. After drinking 4 cups of what smelled like bleach over two hours and an hour wait, Jamie went in for the scan. Sure enough, his appendix had to come out so we were sent right to the hospital for surgery.

Kian came along toward the end of it all, after I picked him up from school. Of course, trying to keep an almost 6 year old wrangled in a very boring hospital is not an easy task. Thank God for our friends Brian and MaryBeth who offered to take Kian overnight. I seriously have no idea what I would have done otherwise.

Jamie went back into surgery around 8PM and was told at almost 11PM that he was going up to a room. He was kinda out of it and since I didn't get much sleep the night before AND I had 12 kindergartners to deal with on my own the following day - I thought it would be best if I stayed home for the night.

After I got up and got ready, I headed straight to the hospital. Jamie looked really good. He is sore of course but he was doing better than I thought he would be. The doctor saw him right before we left for the bowling party and gave him the all clear to head home. So, after the party, Kian and I waited with Jamie until the paperwork for his leaving was finished - we didn't get home until after 5:30....bleh....

Jamie is doing really well, although he's still sore and needs help with some things. The way he's describing pain is much like the pain I had after having a c-section. At least I can empathize with him a bit and try to remember what things I can do to help out.

Needless to say, this weekend has been a busy, crazy, insane, and exhausting one. But we all survived and Kian had a good time all around which really was the most important thing.

Kian's 6th Birthday Bash!!! (and other news)

Saturday was Kian's birthday (pretty cool it was on a weekend, eh?). He had such a great time with all his friends :) We bowled, ate pizza, cake, and ice cream! I am pretty sure everyone had a blast (including myself!)

I wish I had handed the camera off to someone else for photography duty. Jamie is usually our photographer, but since he was in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy the previous day, he wasn't there. I didn't get a whole lot of photos and but I am extremely thankful for the ones I did get. And of course you can see by all the smiles that everyone had a great time.

I do want to send out a special thank you to all the parents that stayed and helped out. And a special thank you to Brian, Ralph and Kristin - you guys just jumped right in and helped where you could - I deeply appreciate it more than you all know.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Tooth Fairy; Loop #6

When I picked up Kian from school he hopped in the car and immediately told me that he lost his tooth today! Apparently he lost it at lunch while he was eating some oranges.

His tooth was put in an enveloped that was sealed very, very well with tape. He also had a cool tooth sticker that he wore for at least part of the day (for some reason he's not big on keeping stickers on his clothes) so it was taped to the envelope.

The very odd thing about this is that his second cousin, Ameerah, lost a tooth yesterday in much the same way! Although, according to her the tooth was hiding in her cheese hehehe Oh yeah, and she swallowed hers! Thankfully the Tooth Fairy understood and still came through in the cash department ;)

The Tooth Fairy has been a busy lady in our family! I hope her wings aren't too tired to fly from Appleton to Champaign ;)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Result of Kian's TRU Shopping Spree

This past weekend Kian's Granna and Papaw had a big party for him in Kentucky. Granna booked the party at a bounce house place that had other activities. Kian had a blast (and to be honest, most of the other Hedrick men did too!)

Kian made quite a haul with gifts, especially in the cash department. He LOVES getting cash because it means he can go on a shopping spree :) It also gives us a chance to help him realize that he only has a certain amount to spend and help him decide what he wants.

When we walked in, there was a display for Ironman and Super Hero Squad toys. He of course found a big truck that made noise and two cars to go with it.

The truck's back folds down to and has a ramp so the other cars can go inside and be fixed - it also shoots missiles.

Spider-man policing the city with sounds and lights.

And Wolverine backs him up.

Kian has really, really wanted this item for a long time. It is a calculator that adds up his Bakugan score. It was about $30 and more than we would spend on a normal trip to get a small toy. This was the perfect time for him to buy it for himself :)
And of course, he had to get more Bakugan figures. He bought two figures kinda like the one above.

Since we got home from TRU about 2 hours ago, I have barely seen Kian! He's having a blast with his new toys! He also has some cash left over. Since he is having a party on Saturday and getting other things in the mail, Jamie and I figured it would be best to wait on the rest :)