See?!? It’s been over a week again! And now I have another list of things to share. Hold on. Here we go!
Wednesday, the 16th, Amanda and Dean welcomed their son, Erek, to the world. Congratulations Amanda and Dean! Their son is absolutely adorable, of course. I was able to meet him that Friday night. You can already tell how proud Dean is and what a good mommy Amanda is. They’re going to be terrific parents. And now I can talk parenting stuff with Amanda and she’ll get it! We’ve already had our first breastfeeding chats. Love it!
After meeting Erek I went to Jeanette’s house for her CAbi party. It’s always fun to see my friends. Jeanette made super yummy guacamole and all my friends looked fab in the clothes – of course!
While I was out having fun last Friday night the kids were at Dale and Shelly’s house. I’m pretty sure they had even more fun than I did. They went to two parks, played outside, had hot dogs for dinner, watched a movie and crawled around on Dale like he was a jungle gym. Pure bliss for them. When I arrived later that night to pick them up we couldn’t leave right away because Annika wanted to finish the movie she was watching. So we stayed downstairs where she cuddled up on the couch with Uncle Dale and finished it. And James tried to kill himself with an exercise ball. He’d crawl on top of it and let it roll around. He’d fall this way or that way off of it, sometimes coming close to furniture (particularly sharp corners of furniture) and giving us all heart attacks. I saw stitches in my future more than once. Such a typical boy he is. He came out unscathed though after all his fun.
Have I told you lately how cute my kids are? What? That’s what every post is about? Well, add this to the list then. The kids’ favorite new expression is “You’re the best mommy/daddy ever!” I have to say I like this! I always respond with “You’re the best Jamesy/Nika ever!” and then we hug and kiss. Ah, so cute!
Kris and I have been doing our best the last couple weekends to indoctrinate the kids into football. They will love football. It’s like a family entrance requirement! Saturday we watched the Gopher game. I explained that we cheer for the team in the (awful) yellow jerseys and that they are from Minnesota. Jamesy was OK with that but would have preferred to cheer for the team in blue. He likes blue, you see. Then on Sunday we watched the Vikings game. Jamesy was cuddled up on my lap and I told him we’re cheering for the team in white and purple. Annika was concerned that if we cheer for them then the other team will be sad if we beat them. Um, how do you go about explaining that you don’t always have to share with your friends? Explain that sometimes competition is good? Anyway, it was a cute response from her. Jamesy was just confused because I said the Vikings were from Minnesota. He asked where the Gophers were from again? I told him they’re both from Minnesota. His little mind was putting things together there. What I really need is to get them little Gopher and Viking jerseys. Jamesy has a little Gopher jersey shirt and he is so cute in it! We also need some Augsburg gear too. I’m hoping we can make it to the Augsburg homecoming football game which is next weekend I think (the 3rd?). I have purchased James a little maroon, gray and white striped shirt that at least has the right colors. Go football!
Wednesday Grandpa Dan called me at work to say he and Marcia were near our house and they had a present for James – a big blue tractor! James has wanted a big blue tractor for a long time. I was so excited! They stopped by and gave James his tractor and he’s played with it every day since then. They also gave Annika a couple small presents (didn’t she just have a birthday?!). Spoiled. My children are spoiled. By their grandparents. Hey, wait. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be? My children are very lucky.
For the last, well, forever, Annika’s been waking up in the middle of the night and coming into our room to tell us she’s scared or had a bad dream. She already sleeps with a lamp on but that wasn’t enough. Most nights I’m too tired to bring her back to her bed and wait until she falls asleep and then go back to my own bed. Instead I’ve just been telling her to lay down on the floor next to my bed and she goes back to sleep within minutes. Also on the floor next to my bed is Dagur on his dog bed. Most nights Annika would curl up with Dagur, using him as a pillow, and go back to sleep. Kris has been getting fed up with the nightly ritual so he told her last Sunday that if she slept in her room for three nights in a row then he’d take her to Target and she could pick out a toy. Sunday night was the first test. And she did it! And she’s done it every night since! Of course, we also have a new nightly ritual too. Dagur’s dog bed has been moved to Annika’s room and when I put her to bed at night I bring Dagur in there and make him lay down. Then I get my hug and kiss goodnight from Annika and she lays down on the dog bed, using Dagur as a pillow. She goes to sleep and most nights we don’t hear from her again until the morning! I’m not sure how Dagur feels about this but he’s tolerated it so far. Annika’s not sleeping in her bed anymore but I’m sure this is a phase and she won’t have to sleep on a dog from here to eternity. I’m just grateful to not have the nightly wake up call. Of course James has been waking up once a night or so the last couple weeks asking to be rocked. I don’t know if he’s cold, hot, etc. I’d really like him to sleep through the night like he always has though. Time to work on that next!
I had this written and ready to post on Friday and then never got around to posting it! So I’ll ad a couple more paragraphs and then post it today.
Saturday we had a pretty laid back day. Kris went on a bike ride with Dusty and to the Machine’s captains practice for a bit. He was home around noon and then we watched the Gophers game, had lunch, took naps, finished the Gopher game, had dinner, etc. It was pretty chill.
Sunday first up was church. Annika got separated from her Sunday school class somehow on a trip to the bathroom and Kris found her wandering the halls after church. Her eyes were red from crying. Poor girl. She was fine though and never in any danger, only scared. Kris had a talk with her about what to do if that happens in the future and I’ll make sure to talk to her teachers next Sunday. Maybe the class is too big and needs to be separated? Maybe more head counts need to be done? We’ll figure it out.
After church we hurried home for a quick lunch and then Krystle and Pierce came over and the six of us climbed in the truck and went to Como Zoo. We met Grandpa Dan and Marcia there and had a great three hours at the zoo. We saw all of the animals and even some of them twice. Annika said all the animals were her favorite. Later that night she said the gorillas were her favorite. The kids really liked all the animals though. Annika decided the four giraffes were a family with a mommy, daddy, sister and brother. Same with the orangutans. There they even had a grandpa since the mommy and daddy and baby roles were already filled. The kids had fun being held by Grandpa to see some of the animals better. And they had fun munching on popcorn after the seal show. It was a great day together.
On the way home Jamesy fell asleep. So did Annika. When we got home though Annika woke up and Jamesy stayed half asleep. I carried him upstairs to his room and laid him down and he stayed there, not making a sound, until 5:30am this morning. More than once I wanted to go in there to check if he was still breathing. Paranoid mom things never really go away, do they? Anyway, I’d say we tuckered him out! Unfortunately he threw up the glass of milk I gave him this morning and then threw up again after I had left for work. Latest reports from Kris are that he’s feeling better. Poor baby. I left him this morning cuddling with Kris, watching cartoons. Hopefully it’s a quickly passing bug and that none of the rest of us come down with it.
The rest of the week is pretty open. Gymnastics on Thursday night. More football this weekend. And that’s about it.