Saturday, February 26, 2011

All Clear!

We finally got around to our ENT follow-up appointment and found out what we already knew: the surgery was a success and JT can finally breathe through his nose. Hurray!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

French. Fried.

Grammy & Grandpa came down for a fun weekend visit and we were able to get together with my mom's cousin Jo who lives nearby. She arranged for brunch at a country French restaurant in Potomac. When being served one of their famous popovers I was shocked to look up and recognize the 11 year old bread boy as one of my patients. His 8 year old little brother served up some great blueberry pancakes too. Turns out his parents own the joint and have no concerns about child labor laws. Hmmm, I wonder how old Joseph needs to be to do some filing at my office...

We had a full and active weekend and Joseph was spent by mid afternoon. He crashed on Jo's couch with the bulldozer she sweetly bought him but woke up ready to tear into the cheesecake and cookies she made.

Joseph didn't get any of the Prosecco, but he's sure to get more of these cookies. They were fantastic!

Thanks to the grandparents for making the drive (again) and to Jo for her company, thoughtfulness, and recipe!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Boys will be boys

What better way to spend our 1st day out of isolation last week than with our bestest buddies, Jack & Will? We had a record breaking 70 degree day in the middle of February so there was no way to keep us inside. I uncovered the sandbox and the boys immediately started burying and digging up dinosaurs.

Like all good boys, they quickly found a nearby patch of dirt to play Cars in, with Jack as Lightening McQueen and Joseph as Chick Hicks.

When it was time for lunch I asked them to please not hide under the tablecloth again as they've been doing lately, so they came up with this instead:

What wonderful, active, dirty, crazy, funny, creative boys we have!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Rescue Me

Thomas & Friends "Misty Island Rescue." I have seen (or had to listen to) this movie 100 times. It is requested constantly. It is acted out frequently. We have been reminded repeatedly by our son that we did not buy him a Misty Island Rescue train set for Christmas.

But this week one magically arrived on our doorstep. Grammy & Grandpa thought Joe Joe was so brave and deserved a big reward for his operation. He's been having a field day with it!

And yes, pants are purely optional.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Giving Tree

Once there was a tree.....and she loved a little boy.
And the boy loved the tree....very much.
And the tree was happy.

Oh, how we love that book! I couldn't help but think of it when we returned from a bike ride (in the glorious weather!) today and starting collecting all the branches that had fallen during the recent storms. It reminded me how the tree had offered up her branches for the boy to build a house with so he could be happy.

Seeing the pile of sticks also reminded me of another favorite tale of ours, "The Three Little Pigs." There are parts that Joseph "reads" to us. When we say the little pig met a man with a bunch of sticks, Joseph chimes in with "Please, man, give me dem sticks to build me a house. Please? And he said yes."

This next one reminds me of Max in "Where the Wild Things Are." Gosh, just picking up a bunch of sticks had so many meanings to me. What's that about?

After all that hard work we just laid in the grass and basked in the sunshine. Tomorrow's supposed to be even nicer!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Will you be mine?

I'm a big fan of homemade valentines (for kids, of course) but couldn't pass up a great deal on some seriously cute personalized cards from tinyprints. But to satisfy the crafty need in me we set out to decorate the envelopes during our long weekend alone indoors. Tissue paper, Elmer's glue, some stampers - doesn't get much easier than that.

OK, it was the low point of the day for Joseph, but it got done.
Here are the 2 different cards we used:

Any perfectionists wondering why his name isn't centered should know I just photoshopped out his last name. Oh, who am I kidding? Missy is the only one who would notice that. (Love you, Mis!)

We also made some chocolate lollipops for his sweethearts and packed everything up for a brief appearance at school today. We risked the germs to deliver the goods - true love, for sure.

Hope everyone had a happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Well wishers

Everyone has been so sweet sending Joe Joe good vibes for a speedy recovery! In addition to our thoughtful family and friends, his lovely teachers at preschool had all the kids make cards for him, and Miss Kasia even brought them by herself after school on Friday. Here are just a sampling. So cute!

That last one is my favorite! Zara lives just up the street from us and has been sweet on Joseph since the day they met. She must know him well, because he absolutely loves taking medicine, any kind. Sounds like she's going to be his dealer some day. He didn't actually need any medicine for this, but it's good to know someone's got his back.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Making tracks to great destinations"

(That's the tag line to the Thomas & Friends show for anyone that doesn't have an obsessed 3 year old at home)

Feeling badly about putting JT under the knife and knowing we would be confined to the house for the week following surgery, we splurged on a new destination for the train table - Tidmouth sheds, complete with a working turntable.

Alright, I'll confess, it wasn't that much of a splurge. Anyone with an A.C. Moore craft store anywhere near them shall never pay full price again! They carry the whole line of Thomas products and literally every single solitary week they have a 40-50% off coupon, and they honor all competitors' coupons too.

We have spent countless hours at this table since Wednesday and Joseph just loves the new setup. The roundhouse has been buzzing with activity as the box promises, and it most definitely was a "Really Useful" purchase.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Avoid the 'Noid

I have been saving that post title for yeeeeeeeeeeears. It has nothing to do with that little Domino's Pizza advertising character, but the pesky adenoids that have been blocking Joseph's nose since he was an infant. We have always known they needed to come out - he can barely get air through his nostrils and he's been a long term drooler since his mouth is always open to breathe - but we just kept putting it off because, well, no one wants their kid to have surgery, do they?

Today the day we knew would arrive....arrived. No need to change him out of his jammies. Just dragged him out of bed and right into the car at 6:30am.

Notice the sign on the building? Curious that 2 docs who did their residencies at Georgetown used an ENT who operates out of a Children's Hospital facility.

I guess we prepped him well. He wasn't scared of anyone or anything. He got a kick out of the gown and slippers and poofy hat too. He laid down on the table, closed his eyes, let them put the mask on, and then they did their business while we silently stressed out in the waiting area. Half an hour later he was in recovery, and 20 minutes later he was choosing a red popsicle and chugging apple juice while B texted the good news to the family.

They said he'd have little to no pain and recover quite quickly. But seriously?!:

Monday, February 7, 2011

G is for....

....Giraffe! I found this really cute fabric at Zooks when we were up in Amish country seeing Thomas and thought it would be perfect for a special little baby I knew was on the way.

I had always wanted to make a quilt using solid colors on a dark background, and babies are drawn to high contrast. This is probably the closest I'll ever get - I had to throw some white in there to keep it bright.

All packed up and ready to be shipped out. Turns out G is also for....

....Greyson! Congratulations Aimee and Akil! And thanks for picking a name that starts with G. Guess it was meant to be. If all goes well it should have arrived today.

That's 1 sewing project for the year done, 11 more to go.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hands On

Whichever good old boy or girl down in Louisiana sent Joseph a fingerpainting kit for Christmas (sorry, it's hard to keep track), THANKS! We had a blast with it yesterday! Even though every project turns into a big blob in the end, the creative process is the fun part! What little boy doesn't just love to make a mess?

If painting isn't his thing, I'm thinking we should try piano lessons - look at this finger span:

And by the way, anyone interested in getting their hands on some of those fantastic spiced carrot muffins we made the other day can find the Martha Stewart recipe here.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Never did tell you which place we chose for gymnastics class. I had taken pics and video of JT in both gyms and showed them to him later. Hands down, he loved Kidville. Got excited and picked it every time! Truth be told, I did too. I desperately want to sneak in there and try this myself sometime!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wonder Breads

Some days I sound like a broken record at work. Especially when I'm asked what to do about the "picky eater."

Some of my words of wisdom:
1. If you find something your kid likes, offer them the healthiest version there is. So if they'll eat pasta, give them spinach filled ravioli, or if they like bread, give them carrot or zucchini bread. It's not deceptive, it's delicious.
2. Involve your kids in the cooking process. They'll see that "gross" foods can turn into yummy treats. And I would rather know what goes into the food I feed my kid anyway.

Joseph would never willingly put a carrot in his mouth, but he loves to help me bake and sure can eat the heck out of our carrot muffins. And pumpkin bread, and zucchini bread too.