Sunday, January 20, 2013

The 411

Here is the current low-down on the Family-

-Titus has always had a lumpy head.  I noticed it right away but just brushed it aside and didn't think much of it.  It's not really noticeable unless you are running your hand over his head.  I heard from a friend that her daughter had had a similar head-thing, and the doctor had been concerned.  So I turned to the Internet and did a little research and decided it was worth asking the doctor about.  The doctor sent pictures to a specialist for a consult.  The specialist concluded his skull had fused early, which can cause problem.  However his seemed to be minor and he didn't feel it necessary to do anything else right now. 

-A few weeks ago Garret came home with a paper saying that someone in his class at school had lice.  It was just informational.  I immediately checked all the kids.  I hate lice (we had it go through our school when I was young and it scarred me for life).  After he brought the paper home I was sure my head was infested even though I kept making Tyler check.  A couple times I woke up from dreams about lice- yuck.  Then one day I checked my email and it said my order had shipped.  I looked and I had ordered all this lice shampoo.  When I looked at when the order was made it was in the middle of the night.  All I can think is I ordered it in my sleep.  It's here now and I put it in the closet.  If we ever do catch those nasty little bugs we will be ready.  Funny thing is since it came I haven't really thought twice about lice.  Maybe just having it there scares them off!

-Spencer plays on the Blue team for basketball.  They always play the Red team.  The red team has trouble with attendance so most weeks they don't have enough players. So a couple of the blue players have to play on the red team.  They never like it but they have all taken turns doing it.  It was Spencer's turn on Saturday.  I wasn't there but from what I hear he pretty much refused.  (It's probably good I wasn't there because I'm not sure I would have reacted well).  Another kid volunteered and Spencer played blue.  Tyler and I both knew that we needed to talk to him and help him understand that the way he acted was not right.  He is pretty shy so when we told him he needed to apologize to his team he pretty much broke down emotionally because that was hard for him.  In the end he wrote his team a letter saying he was sorry, wouldn't do that again and that he would be a good team player.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that it is not about whether I am embarrassed as a parent or not, it's about whether he learned what he should from the situation.  I think he did this time.  Some lessons are learned the hard way, but at least they are learned.

-Adele has turned into a real story teller.  She will say things like "my sister Kelly used to live with me" or other random made up stuff.  She is so imaginative that we just get a good laugh every time we listen to her.  The only problem is she will tell this kind of stuff to people that don't know she is just pretending.  At the store the other day I had to straighten the cashier out on a few of her stories.  I asked Adele why she said what she said and she just smiled and said "I just love pretending".  Still pondering what to make of this girl!!!

-Titus is really starting to talk.  He said a nice long sentence the other day.  At the doctors while getting shots he looked up at me and said "I want my daddy" (it was said in a sad, little baby voice).  He has been saying it often since.  He also gets out of control when he hears the garage door open.  He races through the house for the door yelling "my daddy, my daddy".  I think it's safe to say he is a Daddy's boy. 

- Spencer is an artist.  Seriously this kid has an eye for it.  I'm not saying he is ready to sell his work.  I'm just saying he has a lot of potential.  He draws so well for his age and he loves it.  He will sit for hours and draw and cut things out.  He loves details.  He gives me pictures he has created almost daily.  It is such a pleasure as a parent watching them explore their talents.

- Adele loves to sing.  She just loves it.  Sometimes when it's just Adele, Titus and I home in the mornings we sing everything.  It's like watching a bad (very bad, make you laugh it's so bad) musical.  She will sing "when is lunch, mother dear" and I'll sing back.  She thinks it's so fun and silly.  Titus tries to participate which makes us all laugh.  My favorite is when I just listen to her.  She sometimes sings nonsense.  Other times she sings about how much she loves her family.  I hope she knows how much her family loves her.

-Garret has been learning some poems at school.  He hears it and likes to say it over and over in his mind.  when he gets home he recites them for us.  He also likes to tell us lots of little trivia things he learns at school.  He loves reading little non fiction books.  I love that he gets excited about learning new things.

- Titus is a total stinker...but he is also SO cute right now.  Some of my current favorites.  He loves to dance.  He dances all crazy then if we stop the music or yell freeze he freezes and will hold his position for a long time.  If we say "crash" he just randomly falls over.  He loves the mirror and will give "the baby" kisses, bonks and high fives.  He likes to play hide and seek.  When he is hiding he just goes up to a wall and stands there with his back turned.  If he is finding he loves to say "where Spencer".  He still says "I do" instead of yes.  He has pooped on the potty several times and loves sitting on it...but we are not going there yet.

-I am making little headway with my 30 by 30 but I remain optimistic.

-Adele poured three containers of Elmer's glue out the other day doing "an art project".  I am quite proud of myself for not screaming at her! I really don't think she looks for trouble.  She is just so busy living life in her independent way that it just seems to happen.  She got to do some extra chores and go to bed early.  She told me she never will pour glue out again.  (The worst part was her efforts to clean it up which spread the mess ALL over).  Love that girl!

-I confess to watching Downton Abbey.  It has been ages since I have gotten into a show, but I enjoy it.  (Just a's not G rated, in fact it's not rated, but if it were it would not be G...there you have been warned).  Just something about the era and customs intrigues me.

-The boys have two weeks left at basketball.  They are doing so well at it and we are enjoying watching.  I won't miss running them to practice and chasing Titus during it but I am enjoying it.

-That is all the excitement I can think of around here for now.  It is busy and hectic around here and we LOVE it!


Three Lads and a Lis said...

I was laughing at your confession! I too confess... I LOVE Downton, it's the only thing we watch on the computer, but I really really really enjoy it. I was actually going to text you the other day to tell you that you should watch it :).

Brendan & Tatem said...

You are such a good momma. I often think, "What would Rachel do in this situation." I admire your patience with your kids. Something I am VERY much lacking right now.