Gramme's First Mario Kart Derby!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Gramme's First Mario Kart Derby!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sis said this. . .
I have been very good. I would like this music box with my name on the front for putting my jewelry inside please. Thank you.
Kalista (We then cut/pasted a pic of an Ariel music box we found)
Here's what the little man had to say. . .
I have been a nice, big boy. Can I have a pirate ship and a cheeseburger please. Thank you.
Pirate ship -- check! CHEESEBURGER?!?!?!?! What a crack-up!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Isaac and Kalista were playing around waiting for dinner to be ready when the little man starting talking about what he was going to have for snack. He told Erin, then he told me, and finally he went up to Kalista and said "Hey, Sissy I am going to have ice cream for snack!" And Kalista's big sister response . . . "Isaac! I know, I know I know!!!! It's not like I don't have ears!" Such love!!!
My other news revolves around Kalista as well. The last several weeks have been very stressful, especially around meal time. If you have read any of my post pertaining to Kalista's eating problems you would understand. It all came to a head early last week when we made a visit to the dr. and got a referral to an occupational therapist. Tuesday afternoon Erin and I took off a 1/2 to go with Kalista to her new "eating" dr. for an evaluation of her sensory and eating issues. Kalista was asked lots of questions and observed eating food she liked and foods she had trouble with. We are still waiting the official results of her eval, but the OT was fairly certain she needs some help of her auditory, visual, and tactile senses. Kalista is also what is called a "resistant" eater. This is different than a picky eater in several ways. Three big things being that one) she won't eventually eat when she gets hungry enough (some resistant eaters have starved themselves into hospitalization) and two) she doesn't have a normal sensation of hunger, so she may not know when she needs to eat, and 3) when she seems to get distracted at meal times, it is more than likely she is just overstimulated, and not just trying to stall the eating process. Her brain just has trouble processing all the smells, sights, sounds, and textures that go along with a big meal.
So that is a big paragraph of what is going on!! Our next step is to see the OT once a month for therapy and keep up the new food campaign at home. This week we are working on carrots, and so far she had swallowed several bites. . . Please keep Kalista and us in your prayers and we work through this.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Isaac practicing his "hold position" while balancing.
Isaac and his teammate kicking the ball back and forth, practicing not using hands!
Kicking a goal
Kalista in the hold position
Kalista's favorite position was playing goalie
Kalista chasing after a ball.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Knowing that she couldn't bring her lunch to her new pre-school, this summer we started preparing her to try new things (or go hungry). She mostly went hungry. Since school has started she has actually done pretty well. (I don't think her teachers would agree, but they havn't been around for the last five years to see the progress I've seen in the last few months!) She has now tried many new things at school like ding dongs, rice krispie treats, muffins, and even the crust off of a grilled cheese sandwich. (Again, most of you are thinking big deal most of that is junk food, but you gotta understand she won't even eat bread!)
At home we have slowly been getting rid of "Kalista foods". When we ran out of something it wasn't replace. Over this past weekend, it happened. No more dinosaur chicken! Oh the horror! Monday night was the big event. I made talked about our menu for the week and I let her pick what she wanted to start with. Grilled chicken was chosen, and she seemed ready to try. But when it came down to it, she just couldn't. So I put it in the fridge and warmed it up for breakfast. . . And dinner. . . and after threatening to take her to the hospital for shots (I tend to be a bit melodramtic) she ate her required two bites, only gagging once. She admitted that it tasted just like her old chicken and that next time she wouldn't raise such a fuss (Yeah right!) I then bribed her with Oreos to take two more bites. YEAH!
Tonight was trial two with roast, potatoes, carrots, and rolls. Long story short, she ate half a roll. (Again I would like to point out that she does not eat bread. . . of any kind) Tomorrow I let her choose her new food of either fish sticks at school or mini hamburgers at home. We'll see!
So they may be baby steps, but they are steps for her. And if you think about it, say a little prayer for 'Sis to have courage and eat better. That's what she is praying every night and I would say that God is showing Himself to her! (During prayers tonight she asked God to give her courage to try the fish sticks so she doesn't have to eat a hamburger!)
UPDATE -- Kalista had a note in her cubby today that said she ate her fish sticks. YEAH! She also told me and Erin that she liked them. Trying three new things in one week is more than she has done in two years!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This was a drawing of Ariel (of course!) that she drew at preschool this week. For a 5 year old, I don't think it is so bad!
Other news from the potty front. . . Isaac had his first successful BM on the toliet yesterday! WOO-HOO! And now I don't have to worry about the fact that he hadn't pooped in 4 days!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Check out my cool cape!
Isn't this how you climb the walls?
Potty training update . . . Preschool is moving him up to the big kid class tomorrow. Personally I think it might be a bit premature since he still has not pooped on a toliet. He's got the peeing thing down though! YEAH! I'll keep you all posted. (I know you are all waiting on pins and needles!)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
"Mom, I have a few new ideas about what I want to be when I grow up."
"Really," I said "What are those?"
"I would like to be a bus driver. Or maybe a gas station worker. Or maybe a resturant worker. Then I could be a hunter. Or a tree-trimmer. And finally I want to be a Down in the City Worker!" (Silver Dollar City, for those not in the know!)
Quite an interesting list, isn't it. Just to give you the full picture, in previous conversations she has wanted to be a zookeeper, astronaunt, teacher, and firefighter. She is going to be one busy girl!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
So I'll leave you with a few Isaac stories . . .
Yesterday he was a bit crabby and wanting dinner. He decided he wanted a cheese sandwich, grapes, and broccoli. Unfortunately I was tired and crabby and didn't want to get the frozen broccoli out and make it just for him. And yes, my 3 year old had a complete fit because I wouldn't make him broccoli. That's just wrong!
Then tonight as we were saying our prayer here's what Isaac had to say, "Dear God, Thank you for today. Please help my sissy to be a big girl and not cry, like the song says Big Girls Don't Cry. And help my daddy to play Halloween with me. In Jesus' name, Amen" My thoughts exactly, son.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
On Wednesday Kalista turned 5! What a big girl she is now! It is hard to believe. At least with a birthday after the kindergarden cut-off date, I have another year of her before I send her off to the big, bad world! She had a pretty good day at preschool on Wednesday and got to share a snack or oreos with all her new friends. Opening presents was a blast and she got several great things that she hasn't been able to put down since! We had her favorite pizza for dinner and then got Fritz's ice cream for dessert after church. It was a good day.
Today Isaac turned 3 (although he keeps insisiting he still wants to be 2) It was another good day, this one filled with lots of family and friends. We had a together birthday party at a bowling alley after church. What a BLAST! It was a bit of a zoo with ten 3, 4, and 5 year olds running around, but I think everyone had fun. Isaac is loving his new bat man and pirate toys, so life is good for him!
Now it is time to get ready for the next week. We had the library grand opening on Thursday, so I'll post pictures later this week.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Bright and early Monday morning (6:30) Erin and I woke up two very sleepy kids. Having gone to the Cardinal game the night before and not having a nap in the afternoon, they were still beat. We got everyone dressed and out the door on time. Yeah!
We walked into the school and found out (as suspected) Isaac would still be in the toddler class, until he is potty trained. He was allowed to stay with Kalista for a bit while everyone was arriving though. This I think was good news to him, since at this point he was looking at me as if to say "What is this place, and you aren't really aren't leaving me here are you?"
Erin and I got out the door before I started crying, but I was a least strong in front of the kids. We had been told we could call during the day and check on them, but neither of us had time. After school we arrived back at the center and Kalista ran right up to us, excited to tell all about her day. We found Isaac's room and got a report from his teacher. Both kids had slept during nap time (Kalista has not fallen asleep since, but still rests), Isaac pottied many times on the potty, and also ate well.
Now the info many of you are waiting for. . . How did Kalista do at lunch. . . As we were walking to the car I asked her what she had for lunch that day. She grabbed my hand, very excited, and said "MOM! Guess what! They let me throw my food away!" She was so happy and excited! I think I have discovered why she was so worried about going to school last week. I think she thought that she would be stuck at a lunch table not able to leave until she ate, or that she would be forced eat a "yucky" food. Once those fears were relieved, preschool became a great place again! So the next question you are all asking. . . What did she eat? On Monday she had applesauce and a few crackers. . . Tuesday she told me (again very excited) that they had had Doritoes for lunch!(and hot dogs, that of course she wouldn't eat), but she did have a banana at snack time. Today applesauce was offered again. So she is not starving, but really hungry when she comes home! She has decided that she has to get used to the smells of the new foods before she can eat them. I asked her how long that would take and she claims she needs to smell it four times. . . I'm not sure what this is all about, but we'll see!
Stay tuned for more stories from our week (My new library is still not ready to be moved into, so the rest of this week will be interesting!).
Monday, August 4, 2008
I will update later on my trip, the kids first day of day care, and Erin's and my first day of school after I have gotten some sleep. . . Till then!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This will be a huge transition for the whole family as my kids are late sleepers too. In fact, this morning I had to get them up at 6:30 (this will be what time we LEAVE during the school year) so we could help a friend move and all Isaac kept saying to me was that he wanted to go back to sleep! It was pitiful! Maybe he'll start napping again though!
This coming week will be the last official one of summer though, since teacher meetings start on the 4th. Of course I have training on Tuesday, a meeting on Wednesday, and I leave for MN on Friday. . . Life is never dull around here. That's for sure!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
"I need my scum-scream! I can't go swimmin' without my scum-scream!"
I guess we've taught him well. . .
Friday, July 11, 2008
Isaac LOVES the moon. If we are ever driving at night he has to find it and watch it. He has a "Moon in my room" nightlight in his room that we have to turn on every night. He loves the moon. When we left Target the other night, it was pretty late and the moon was already up. However, we must have just had a new moon, because on this particular night the moon was just a tiny sliver. He had this to say.
I -- "Mom, where's the moon?"
A -- I pointed it out to him
I -- "Oh no, the moon is broked! I think it's not a circle anymore!"
I tried to explain, to no avail, that it wasn't broke. When we got home I did show him that his room moon could look the same (it goes though all the phases).
This story involves the latest in trying to kiss Isaac. Click here for a refresher. He still doesn't like them, but I still can't help but kiss him all the time, he's just so darn cute! So the other day I kissed the top of his head and told him "Ha! I stole a kiss!" Instead of sceaming like he usually does, he got rather indignant, grabbed my face between his two hands, kissed me on my lips and said, "There I stole it back!" I'm sure it will just be a matter of time before he realizes that I am getting double the kisses this way, but as long as he still falls for it, I'll take what I can get!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
(A little explantaion first -- Kalista has always been our "deep" thinker coming up with comments pertaining to events that happened day or weeks before. This conversation occured while watching the Cardinal game at Busch Staduim last Saturday)
K -- "Mom, remember that mommy-taking show?" (The 60's show in Branson where I was "taken" up on stage.)
"Well, they only take the really pretty mommies, so I think the next time we go there, you should only look kind of pretty."
A -- "Oh, okay. How do I usually look?"
K -- "Really pretty, so next time just be kind of pretty and they won't take you."
Same day after the ballgame we were at Target buying some new organization tools (I am always reorganizing something -- it drives Erin crazy, but he humors me!)
We happened to be in the little kid bedroom aisle looking for one of those fabric covered cubes for Isaac. Kalista had of course found all the Ariel bedroom stuff and was oohing and ahhing. As we were turing to leave the aisle this is what happened. . .
A -- "Okay, we're done with this aisle. Let's move on"
K -- "Yeah, you guys start walking and look that way."
So Erin, Isaac, and I turn the corner to leave the aisle. Erin turned to make sure Kalista was following and saw her running to catch up clutching a set of Ariel sheets. She immediately starts gigging hysterically.
K -- "I got you! I tricked you!"
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Isaac's Man Cave
A New Stance
Emma K. (a good friend of Kalista's from church)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I have returned from my adventures as a pre-camp bible school teacher. Sunday started out really hot, but the weather cooled off considerably for Monday and Tuesday. It was a nice break from my own family, but I also missed them terribly! Some of my favorite things from the three days were. . .
- Seeing my kids play in the creek on Sunday when they dropped me off. (Kalista fell in and Isaac sat down in the water getting him "grounded" from further play in the creek!)
- teaching the kids of many of my friends from Neotez days gone by
- listening to all the funny things the campers would say (One told the nurse he had termites in his pants. Upon inspection his pants did contain a lot of wood chips, and he said "well, it felt like termites!" Cause he would know what that felt like!)
- watching Jesus work in the hearts of all the young campers.
It is sad that I have to wait a whole year til my next camp week. It always go by so fast. . .
Saturday, June 7, 2008
- Sunday -- ran a 5K
- Monday -- day off from exercising for recovery, just a little sore
- Tuesday -- Kareoke cyclying class with Erin, a hard 55 minute ride to the sounds of the 80s
- Wednesday -- Guts and Butts workout class, lots of squats and crunches. It was a hard class and I only managed about 60% of the crunches, but it was my first one
- Thursday -- I was going to go to Curves this day, but I woke up not really being able to move. Plus I had one more spinning class before the end of the week to get through so . . . Day off!
- Friday -- Spinning class two. I did better with this one that I thought I would, still really sore, but I made it through the 55 min. ride without having to stop.
Now I get to rest for a few days. . . Oh wait, I go to camp tomorrow, guess not!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Ready to race!
Erin came in first with a time somewhere around 22 minutes. Angie (our photographer) couldn't get to the finish line in time!
Dad was next to cross the line.
The Cheering section got a little bore waiting for me to finish, but when I finally reappeared they all cheered and ran with me for the last little bit yelling GO MOM, GO MOM, GO Aunt Lissa! That is until Lexi. . .
Like I said, my finish was not fast, but I did finish!