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Link has found his passion

September 6th, 2016

and it’s not hockey.  It’s BMX.  It started with me bringing him to the BMX track to ride his $2.50 garage sale bike – someplace other than the cul-de-sac. There are races every Sunday.  After a few weeks of him riding the track, we brought him to the races to watch to see if he’d […]



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and it’s not hockey.  It’s BMX.  It started with me bringing him to the BMX track to ride his $2.50 garage sale bike – someplace other than the cul-de-sac.

There are races every Sunday.  After a few weeks of him riding the track, we brought him to the races to watch to see if he’d be interested in the future.  He needed to race that day.

 

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He “won” a trophy his first go – 4th place at the 2012 Salt Lake City, UT nationals.  Older riders donate their trophies so the kids just starting out get to pick one after their very first race.  Obviously he picked 4th place because he’s 4 years old.

 

He was hooked after.  He insisted he get a new bike with “skinny” tires like the other kids.  He also asks to go to the track every night after school.

 

Last week it was pretty rainy in the evenings & on Thursday he said to Matt on the way to school

“dad, can you call Jesus today?  You know, he lives on the other side of those mountains.  Can you ask him to make it not rain tonight so I can go to the track?”

 

This weekend he legit earned his first trophy – third place.

As long as you don’t get last place in the 2nd round, you advance on to the last round, which is where you can take 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.  Even though he wiped out twice, and once pretty huge (his skinned elbow will prove it), he still got back on his bike & barely finished 2nd to last.

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Future Frat Boy

May 10th, 2016

We’re pretty sure Duke might be a frat boy.  Aside for his ability to chug all liquids like a champ, needing to walk around w/ a snack cup at all times – he’s convinced his daycare teachers that he’ll only nap w/o his shirt on (and walks around a portion of the day w/o it).  […]


 

We’re pretty sure Duke might be a frat boy.  Aside for his ability to chug all liquids like a champ, needing to walk around w/ a snack cup at all times – he’s convinced his daycare teachers that he’ll only nap w/o his shirt on (and walks around a portion of the day w/o it).  IMG_6709

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and then there is this kid’s brother…

 

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Bless me these boys.


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4th Birthday

March 9th, 2016

When your birthday falls on a Sunday you get to chose what you do all weekend long…and what you eat. Friday, I took Link with 3 of his friends in the afternoon to Chuck-E-Cheese for am impromptu/unofficial birthday celebration.  More of a “hey, play games with me& eat pizza”.  He had a blast.  The games […]



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When your birthday falls on a Sunday you get to chose what you do all weekend long…and what you eat.
Friday, I took Link with 3 of his friends in the afternoon to Chuck-E-Cheese for am impromptu/unofficial birthday celebration.  More of a “hey, play games with me& eat pizza”.  He had a blast.  The games were OK, but he really liked the fun house to crawl through.  The first few times he was scared & finally convinced to go through with him – kid wasn’t lying, it was creepy!

 

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Saturday AM we went to the cupcake shop where he picked out 4 cupcakes.  Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, & Chocolate.  All the chocolate!

Sunday was Link’s actual birthday.  We went to church, where he passed out Kit-Kats to his Sunday school friends.  Rode bikes, opened presents, ate cupcakes & had a friend come over to play with him.

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When Grandma Roberta asked what he got for his birthday, he wasn’t lying when he said “all the presents”.  Kid was spoiled this year.

 

 


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The Big

February 25th, 2016

Link is becoming such a funny dude. Today they were able to bring their favorite stuffed animal to class.  He chose Lola, the MALE giraffe.  When he got to class, Ms. V (she’s from South Africa) asked him what he brought.  He showed her his giraffe, she then said “Link, did you know Giraffe’s come […]



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Link is becoming such a funny dude.

Today they were able to bring their favorite stuffed animal to class.  He chose Lola, the MALE giraffe.  When he got to class, Ms. V (she’s from South Africa) asked him what he brought.  He showed her his giraffe, she then said “Link, did you know Giraffe’s come from where I’m from?” and he said to her “You’re from the zoo?”

 

Last week, I went to pick him up from school and they were out on the playground.  He shouted “mom!  Look!  I have an ice pack”.  I just smiled…whatever dude.  His teacher then proceeds to tell me he was in line waiting to go outside when he bent over to moon his friends and another boy pushed him & he smacked his head on the wall.  Oh dear heavens…  I couldn’t help but laugh, and sort of serves him right.

 

After Link powers through his after church doughnut, we rush to the front of the church where the “church busses” are waiting to bring people to their respective nursing homes – every week he insists on jumping on & saying hi.

 

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Link likes to push Duke in the stroller into Church.  Last week he told me I didn’t need to help guide him because Optimus Prime will show him the way (since he can barely see over the top).  I had to help him a bit anyways seeing as Optimus Prime can also barely see past the folded canopy.

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Last weekend at a friends birthday party, there was a man making balloon animals.  He couldn’t ask for a sword, flower, or dog – he needed to be a dinosaur.  This kid.

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He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

October 26th, 2015

Link came to the two wheeled bike, he saw the two wheeled bike & he conquered the two wheeled bike….and now refuses to ride it.



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Link came to the two wheeled bike, he saw the two wheeled bike & he conquered the two wheeled bike….and now refuses to ride it.

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the trenches…

October 21st, 2015

I’ve been back to work…oh…7 months this week.  It’s only been in the 4-6 weeks I’ve consistently NOT lost my mind in the evenings. This was my typical day. 4:30am, wake up, work out, shower. 5:50am, wake Link up & get him dressed & started on cereal 6:10am, get Duke up fed & dressed 6:35/6:40, […]


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I’ve been back to work…oh…7 months this week.  It’s only been in the 4-6 weeks I’ve consistently NOT lost my mind in the evenings.

This was my typical day.

4:30am, wake up, work out, shower.

5:50am, wake Link up & get him dressed & started on cereal

6:10am, get Duke up fed & dressed

6:35/6:40, leave to drop boys off at daycare

7:00, get to work

7:00-4:30, work

5:15, get home & start dinner…with a super crabby baby & a toddler that wants to tell and show you EVERYTHING (mom! Look at this sweet ninja kick!  Mom!  Did you know I have five toes?  Mom!  You almost hit a racoon this morning!  Mom! Fix my train set!)

6:00, eat

6:30, clean up & let Duke take a cat nap

7:30, get Link ready for bed

8:00, feed Duke & put to sleep

8:30, make bottles for the next day, pack food for Duke, track down a clean water bottle for Link, make my lunch, & make Matt’s lunch.

9:00, go to bed to start the day over again.

 

I feel like I’m sort of starting to see the light at the top of the trench of parenting.

I have Duke on a better schedule & although this is how I typically spend after work w/ him (with a lot of whining), I’m able to get him to bed by 6:50/7pm.IMG_5499

Link is also doing much better at staying in his bed at night (thank you quarters for a reward!).  He is usually in bed by 8pm.

 

And now that Duke is eating all table food at school, I no longer need to pack him food.  I know that sound silly, because it doesn’t take THAT much time to pack him things, but it’s just one more thing.

 

I know you’re all “so what’s the point?”

 

THE POINT!  I’m back to having evenings to myself.  I get a whole 1-1.5 hours to myself before bed to unwind.  I’m binge watching Gossip Girl right now.  Anyone else???

 

Now if only I could get rid of bottles.  Making/cleaning bottles are the bane of my existence right now.  I’m not wishing away time, but I am wishing away evening bottle making.  ACK!

 

Just a few pictures of the boys (Link isn’t into his picture taken right now, so I have to sneak it in).

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First Week of Preschool

September 3rd, 2015

now that we are halfway into the second week of preschool….   Last Monday one Links way to school w/ Matt, Matt asked him how his first week went.   M: Link, do you like preschool? L: yes!  They have computers M: Do you like Ms. McConnell? L: No…she’s mean M: what do you mean? […]



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now that we are halfway into the second week of preschool….

 

Last Monday one Links way to school w/ Matt, Matt asked him how his first week went.

 

M: Link, do you like preschool?

L: yes!  They have computers

M: Do you like Ms. McConnell?

L: No…she’s mean

M: what do you mean?

L: She doesn’t listen to my words.

M: Do you listen to her words, like you’re supposed to?

L: with ‘the look’ & a sigh “yes dad, ALL.DAY.LONG.”
The goods news is I asked him this Monday if he likes his teacher yet, and he has consistently responded with yes 🙂

 

If you ask me if I like it…I’m not sure.  I just thought it’d still be a lot of play yet, more of like a structured/educational daycare facility (since that’s where he’s at).  But it’s way more structured & way more hardcore/school setting.  -I- wasn’t ready for that!

 

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Like Mother Like Son

August 12th, 2015

Matt & I joke that Link may look just like him, but he is my personality – we’re mostly on the same wavelength (laugh at the same stuff, sensitive about the same stuff, annoyed by the same stuff…)   Driving home last night, Link starts to freak out.   It took about 6 renditions of […]



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Matt & I joke that Link may look just like him, but he is my personality – we’re mostly on the same wavelength (laugh at the same stuff, sensitive about the same stuff, annoyed by the same stuff…)

 

Driving home last night, Link starts to freak out.

 

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It took about 6 renditions of this:

Link:  WAHH, WAHH, BLAHH, BLAHH, WAHH, WAHH, BLAHHHHHHHHHHH

Me: Bud, deep breath, I can’t understand you.  Slow down, stop screaming, & speak like a big kid.

before I thought I heard the phrase “Mommy!  I have food in my nose!”

Me: Did you just say you have food in your nose?

Link:  Yes *whine*

Me: How did it get there?

Link: I put it there (love his honesty).

 

I couldn’t help but smile…because, you know, there was that one time I put a “fuzzy” up my nose.  And it rotted.  And I smelled HORRIBLE.

 

Thankfully, I’m sure granola is biodegradeable, not to mention, about 5 min. later down the road he says “I think I got it mom!”

Me: “oh, great!  Put it in this wipe”

Link: “I can’t, it’s on the floor with my boogers”


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Facial wounds bleed they say…

July 6th, 2015

…and that’s no lie.   Wednesday PM Link came downstairs after I put him to bed – you know, the typical stalling technique…”mama!  I heard a noisey noise!”…”mama, i need to ask you questions”…”mama, I forgot Lightning McQueen”…”mama, rub my feet please!”.   I, admittedly, was super annoyed.  Duke never cries, but Wednesday night, he […]



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…and that’s no lie.

 

Wednesday PM Link came downstairs after I put him to bed – you know, the typical stalling technique…”mama!  I heard a noisey noise!”…”mama, i need to ask you questions”…”mama, I forgot Lightning McQueen”…”mama, rub my feet please!”.

 

I, admittedly, was super annoyed.  Duke never cries, but Wednesday night, he was screaming, unless I carried him a certain way, patted his butt, & walked him around.  I didn’t have the patience for Link’s game.  I told him to go back to bed.  He asked me to rub his feet, I said no.

 

I watched him walk up the stairs and take a left into his room.  I got to the kitchen (about 10 steps) and I hear him crying.  I tried to ignore it, because this is part of the game.  Cry until mom gives in & comes & rubs his feet, ONE.LAST.TIME.

 

As I paced the living room trying to console Duke, his cries turned into screams.  OK KID! (stop judging, I’m weak & worked, I’m admitting this…first step right?).

 

I walked into his room to this (forgive his booger)…

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Mind you, now I have a screaming baby & a screaming toddler…and matt isn’t home.

I got Link into the tub to wash him off & look at his mouth…and also called my neighbor, because, it takes a village, obviously.  She’s amazing.

After I was able to get a quick glimpse of his lip, I decided to take Link to urgent care, it was a pretty wide gap in his lip.

We waited in the Children’s Hospital waiting room…for an hour.

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And then we waited in our room for an hour.

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And then the MD came in and took a look.  She explained that his lip looked pretty yucky, but good news!  Mouth wounds heal amazingly, and because it didn’t go through his cheek, no stitches were necessary.  He also managed to give himself a “large laceration” on his gum – how???  Matt & I are still wondering.

ARE.YOU.KIDDING.ME??????  I WAITED 2 HOURS FOR YOU TO LOOK 20 SECONDS & TELL ME YOU’RE DANDY! GO HOME!” Even your fancy Children’s Hospital App told me I needed to head in (along w/ your discharge papers).  Lets just say, I no longer felt guilty about making 3 glove balloons and didn’t feel bad when Link asked for two band aids.   It’s the least they could do.

This is his mouth Thursday night – it still looks so gross (forgive the chocolate ice cream on his face).

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We had a reinjury to it on Friday night, but thankfully we got it to stop bleeding pretty quick & ice cream stopped the tears.


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Conversations

April 17th, 2015

Link:  We don’t laugh at our friends Me:  If they are being funny, we can laugh at our friends. Link:  But not if they bonk their head.  That’s not nice.  We give them a hug instead. I wanted to tell him it’s ok to laugh even if they bonk their heads, because honestly, sometimes it’s […]



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Link:  We don’t laugh at our friends

Me:  If they are being funny, we can laugh at our friends.

Link:  But not if they bonk their head.  That’s not nice.  We give them a hug instead.

I wanted to tell him it’s ok to laugh even if they bonk their heads, because honestly, sometimes it’s funny.  However, I went with his idea of hugs instead.

 

30 seconds later while I’m buckling him into his carseat…

Link:  Mom, I won’t whine or cry today.

Me:  Sounds like a great plan dude.

Link: (makes this noise)…eh…eh…eh..

Me: *looking at him weird* Was that you whining?

Link:  Yes, I not say that word today.

Me:  I like it.

I then run into the house…30 seconds later I come out w/ Duke to Link whaling with giant crocodile tears.

Me:  What’s the matter bud?  Why are you crying?

Link:  I want my daddy!!!!!!!!!

So much for not crying today.