Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Tylenol Story

Saedi received her 6 month shots today, so like always, I gave her a healthy dose of Tylenol to help ease any discomforts. Well, I left the Tylenol sitting out on the counter so I would remember to give her more later. I put Saedi to bed & took Ellie outside to mow the grass with me. Ellie kept falling asleep on my lap while we were mowing & she asked to go to bed. I took her inside & put her to bed. About 10 minutes later Ellie is on the back deck waving to me. I went to Ellie & noticed a red ring around her mouth. "What were you drinking, El?" "Nothing. Just Sissy's medicine." I ran inside, found the kitchen water running, & the entire 4 oz bottle of Children's Tylenol empty, but a large puddle of it on the kitchen floor with a sopped up towel lying on it. I called poison control & we worked togethe to figure out how much Ellie had probably drunk & determined she would most likely be fine.

As my mind was racing about what to do & what might happen to Ellie, I felt so angry at myself for not putting the medicine away & I felt angry at Ellie for getting into the medicine she knows she's not allowed to touch. I'm so grateful she's fine & I praise God for a lesson learned the easy way!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Saedi's 6 Months

I can hardly believe that Saedi Alexandra is 6 months already. It feels like both my girls are growing up too quickly & I'm constantly asking myself, "Where did the day go? What did we do today?" I started her on solids a couple weeks ago & she's doing great with sweet potatoes, avocados, rice cereal, & bananas. Saedi started sitting up last week & I think she's enjoying the new position. Her latest task is realizing she has hands & she waves her right hand around, staring at it like, "Is this mine?"

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Old Family Photos

My birthday is July 28th & tonight I was digging through some old family photos & reminiscing a bit. I couldn't find many birthday shots, but I did find some pictures of myself near Ellie & Saedi's current ages.

I was born around 5 am after 22 hours of labor.

Dad, Mom, John & myself. The picture isn't dated, but based on the Christmas background I'm guessing I was 5 months...a couple weeks younger than Saedi is right now.
My two-year birthday... Does every 2-year old like to be naked? Below is a picture of me at 2 1/2 years old...Ellie's age. This just confirms that neither of my daughters look like me!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Pancake Friday

Riley & I started a "Pancake Saturday" tradition with the girls where we always make homemade pancakes with the help of Miss Ellie. I cheated & broke tradition by celebrating Pancake Saturday today instead. Ellie & I made a big batch, froze the leftovers & those "pan-uh-cake-ins" will get us through one more week of grab 'n go breakfasts.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Those of you who know Riley & I know that we're both pretty frugal people. That said, my friends always make fun of me b/c I ask them NOT to text me b/c I get charged 20 cents per. Well, after months of contemplating, I decided to add the $5 texting plan to my cell today. This is a pretty hefty sacrifice b/c it takes away from my personal spending money (which I'm pretty selfish with), but those of you that will now benefit from this know that I love you & you're worth my $5 sacrifice! LOL That said, bring on the texts! Let's make this $5 worthwhile.

PS That said, I only added the texting plan to my phone, so if Riley starts receiving texts I'm sure you'll be receiving death threats from us...beware! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Alone Time

Ellie has had her friend Audry over since yesterday morning & they've been playing non-stop. For Saedi, that means a little alone time. She seems quite happy about that!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Adam's In Town

Our good friend, Adam, rolled into town for a few days. In his honor, we got some friends together for a last-minute "Fort Bragg Reunion." It was good to catch up & see all the kids warm up to him again. Lauren & Ellie entertained one another by playing dress-up the entire time & Peighton laughed continually for a good 10 minutes at a little battery operated doggie that did flips...too cute! Thanks for making the effort to visit! Come back soon!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sweet Potatoes

I started Saedi on solids yesterday & she's been eating it up...literally! Of course, Ellie is enjoying feeding Sissy, too.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mimi & Papa Camp

Ellie got the privilege to spend 3 days & nights all by herself with Mimi & Papa in Michigan. As you can see, she had a blast...especially with her cousin, Ty-Ty.

Reading in Papa's tepee...that's right a REAL tepee...custom-made & all...crazy Papa!

Thursday, July 17, 2008


I've been doing CrossFit for about 6 weeks now & I'm hooked. As a request from Dymphna I started a personal CrossFit Blog. Check it out at: Also, if you've never heard of Crossfit & would like to learn more about it, the main website is For all of you Clarkvill-ians, did you know there is a CrossFit gym in town? It's true!!! Check out

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Look At Me, Daddy!

For the past 2 weeks Saedi has been up on all fours, but I haven't been able to capture it with my camera. Riley's been asking to see her do this, so I'm proud to display Saedi's latest accomplishment!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July, Daddy. We Love You!

Ohio Time

Saedi with cousin Blake looking like a bad-as*

Sleepy Ellie having snuggle time with un-showered Aunt Laura

Great Uncle Rusty holding Baby Hailey (can you believe Hailey is 3 weeks younger than Saedi!)