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Posts Tagged ‘Mama’

Flying Notes

Today Cole wrote notes on little pieces of paper and sent them flying to me on his slingshot airplane. They said things like “Mama I want chocolate” and “Mama I want this show”.

Family Fun

We had an great weekend! The weather was finally warm and we could go out and play. Cole had fun touring the neighborhood on his bike. As long as he keeps his walkie talkie on and stays off the main roads he can have some freedom. He gets to tour as far as his school and friends houses on one side of our “square” all the way to another friends house one block over from ours. This allows us to do what our parents did, tell him to ‘go outside and play’ and then not worry too much about it. :)

Saturday Uncle Shea and Cousin Meighan came over to watch the Canucks win 3 – 2 against the Bruins with Cole and Daddy. Mom took off to watch a movie with Aunt Sharon. A good time was had by all.

 

Sunday was another sunny warm day so we had a picnic lunch with Aunt Sharon and Cousin Meighan while the men took Grandma out to lunch for her birthday. Mama and Cole were very active, they played soccer, catch, and even walked along the big broken concrete chunks beside the path. Some of them even wiggled when we stepped on them, much more fun then walking on the path! After the picnic Cole and Meighan jumped into the complex pool to cool off. I think they cooled off too much, I had to throw Cole into a hot bath to thaw him out, the wind wasn’t kind to wet skin!

We are looking forward to more warm weekends now that Spring seems to have finally arrived.

Busy Halloween

We had a great weekend at Aunty Elizabeth’s house. Cole got to sleep in the basement playroom with Alex and Jamie on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night it was a novelty and they were still up talking until after 10:30pm.

We kept them busy on Saturday, first with just general play, and then with Alex’s 9th Birthday Party. There were over 10 extra kids bringing the total to about 15 kids and a few parents. It’s a good thing the weather was good, we sent all the kids outside to play, they could jump on the trampoline or the bouncy castle, or just run around in the yard or climb the big/huge rock nearby. We sent them out after lunch and didn’t let them back in till almost dinner time! Alex had a friend stay over so the 4 boys had a great time hanging out after the other party guests went home. It’s always nice when there are 4 boys so that no one feels left out. We got everyone in jammies by 8:30pm and sent them down to ‘rest’ and hopefully to sleep. Funny enough we noticed at 9:30pm that we hadn’t heard any noise from downstairs for a while. They had crashed after such a full day.

Sunday morning came soooo early. Alex and Jamie had a swim meet that started at 8am so we all woke up at 6:30am so that coffee (for the adults) and breakfast could be consumed before the meet. It was very cool seeing how well these kids could swim. Some of the older groups were really amazing. Alex and Jamie both did really well for their individual times, competing just against themselves. Cole was pretty bored by the proceedings and was happy that we had brought along his Nintendo DS for him to play with. We got back home in time to relax for a bit before Ryan and his Mom came over for Trick or Treating. After a pizza dinner we got the boys dressed up and made up, Cole was a Vampire and Ryan was “Harry Potter”. They were very excited by the idea of all the candy they would get. They did a tour of the neighbourhood and brought in a good haul of candy and chips and their costumes were suitably admired. Ryan went home and we started the process of convincing Cole that he couldn’t eat all his candy at once and that it would really be best to go to bed because he had school in the morning. By 9pm he was finally at least resting with lights out. The Daddy and Mama collapsed on the couch relieved that the weekend was finally over.

DraculaHarry Potter vs. Dracula 1
Harry Potter vs Dracula

Pre-Birthday Treat

Pre-Birthday Treat

The day before his birthday we let him pick anything he wanted for a dessert. He chose this huge chocolate & sprinkle covered marshmallow concoction. He only made it 1/2 way through before deciding that it was too sweet and his tummy didn’t like it.

Busy Day and New Glasses… Again

We had a very busy day today. In the morning Cole and I went to the Naturopath for Allergy treatment, this was time consuming but not painful, Cole did say that it tickled. :)

We had a bit of downtime, then met Daddy at Karate to watch Cole test for his next belt. He already had 3 strips on his White belt so if he can show good focus and do the moves well he will move to the next level! We were pleased to see that he paid attention during the whole testing class, even when it wasn’t his turn. When it was his turn he did well, following instructions quickly and accurately. We are sooo proud of him!

After Karate we went to the optometrist for Cole’s eye exam. They had suggested that it would be a good idea to have his eyes checked before getting new glasses just in case the prescription had changed. I am full of respect for the optometrist, she spent a lot of time with Cole making sure she got the ‘real’ answer of what he could or couldn’t see with and without his glasses. Even though he was tired and just wanted to rest or play games with her, she kept him on track and determined his new prescription. I was pleased to see that one of his eyes had actually improved since his last exam.

After dinner at the mall we went to LensCrafters to order his new glasses. We had scoped them out earlier so they just had to pass the Daddy test before we ordered them. The glasses were approved and we ordered them and had them ‘pre-fitted’ so that I could come back later and pick them up while Cole was sleeping. We wanted him to be able to put them on as soon as he woke up in the morning. If they don’t fit quite right we can always go back in for a final adjustment.

First Book Report

Cole worked so hard on this book report. He read the book and then carefully planned the pictures and what words he was going to write for each section. Mama did have to help a bit with drawing the house, but Cole did all the printing and colouring himself. He was a great supervisor.

First Burn

First BurnWe knew something was wrong last night when Cole put Daddy’s PSP down on the stove and then ran very quickly out of the kitchen clutching at his hand. I lunged for Cole and Daddy lunged for the PSP. It turns out that the burner was still hot and Cole had burned his finger. Thankfully the finger will heal, the PSP case is a write off.

We quickly ran his finger under cold water for much longer than he wanted, then put Poly on it while I sent Reiki to the burn. He had a pretty rough night but can play without thinking of it today, unless he looks down and sees the burn. He’ll think twice about touching the stove right after dinner is cooked now I”m sure!

First Brand New Bike

Cole was riding his bike at the playground today and I noticed that the seat was too low and the handlebars were too low. Daddy and I decided that we would take Cole and the bike to Cap’s Bicycle Shop and get it properly fitted. We knew he was starting to outgrow his first bike and had tried him out on a few 20″ bikes already. However, they all seemed too big, or had gears which he isn’t ready for. So we figured we’d just get his existing bike fitted properly and wait till next year for a new bike.

Well, that’s not exactly what happened. The sales guy at Cap’s was happy to adjust Cole’s bike for him and then he and I went into the little room with all the kids bikes to look at ‘the next size up.’ All I wanted was to get an idea of when Cole might be ready for the 20″ bike. They happened to have a very nice looking red 20″ bike just waiting for a test drive. Cole took it out and after a bit of adjusting we, the sales guy and I, noticed that it fit him better than his old bike. After a quick call to Daddy it was decided that Cole would be going home with not 1 but 2 bikes that day. Can we say HAPPY?!?!

Cole's New BikeHere he is back on the playground showing off his fancy new bike, gotta love his grin.

Busy Day and First Glasses!

Coles’s day started at 6:30am by giving Oma a cuddle in the guest room. Oma had spent the night and told him that he could come into her room anytime after 6am. As soon as his clock radio started playing at 6:40am he was raring to go. I told them that Cole needed to at least rest for a while longer so he spent an hour ‘meditating’ or at least sitting quietly while she meditated.

He had a healthy breakfast of 2 boiled eggs and then did some sword fighting practice with Oma. He rounded out the morning with a long bike ride while Oma ran along beside him. He had a lot of energy stored apparently, so Oma got a good workout!

At about 11:30am he got to go to the mall with Mama and Oma with the intent of getting a pair of glasses. Cole wanted a pair that looked like Harry Potter’s, dark and round. After going through about 10 pairs of glasses he decided on the 2nd pair he had seen, a pair of dark plastic round glasses that look so cute on him. My very own Harry Potter! The best news was that Lenscrafters said that they could have the glasses ready in about an hour. Just enough time to get some coffee and lunch.


Of course that lead to another first, his very first cup of coffee! Yes, my Mother, his Oma, bought him a ‘short, decaf latte.’ With just a little sugar was added he declared it “delicious, better than hot chocolate.” Since he only drank about 1/4 of it I’m not too worried about it being a permanent drink choice for him. At least as a decaf it had less caffeine than the Coke Cola that he drank at Karate Camp earlier in the year. :)

After lunch we picked up his new glasses and got them fitted. Once they were on there was no chance of getting them off again. So much for wearing them just for reading! He was thrilled with all the new details he could see with his glasses. He kept looking over the lenses saying “smooth” then looking through the lenses “not smooth” just goes to show how much he has been missing all this time. I’m glad that I made a fuss about his distance reading yesterday during the exam.

Cole happened to notice that West Coast Amusements had set up lots of rides and games in the mall parking lot. As a special treat we took him on the Tilt-A-Whirl ride and got him some cotton candy. It was a great way to end out trip to the mall. Of course the glasses stayed on the entire time. :)

Fun at the Movies!

After the ShowWe went to see “How to train your dragon” yesterday, it was a fun family film. Cole was enthralled by the idea of making friends with a dragon. I think he will be looking for dragons the next time we see a cliff or a few trees resembling a forest.

Imagine my surprise when I went into the theater, after buying coffee, to find the seat hubby and Cole had saved for me and saw my in-laws instead. They were taking in the show with their daughter, what are the odds? Hubby was able to surprise them on his way to get popcorn. Nothing like an arm coming from behind your seat to steal some popcorn in order to put a twist into the visit to the movies.

Cole and his cousin both look great dressed up for the movies. :)

Cabin Fever Solutions

Since Cole was home ‘sick’ this week we had to keep him entertained. This got harder as the week went on as we succumbed to cabin fever. Unfortunately for us Cole wasn’t really feeling sick; he just had a few spots up to 15 at a time, each day the oldest ones would fade and 1 or 2 new ones would appear. Since none of them ever turned into chickenpox type blisters we felt safe taking him out into the world as long as he wouldn’t have close contact with other kids.

sushi lunchmall trainOn Thursday I had a Career Transitions training class; so Daddy had the fun of entertaining Cole all day. Cole got to watch Daddy get a Chiropractor adjustment, had a sushi lunch at the mall, rode the mall train, and even got to visit his favourite store ever, Toys’R'Us! I wish my sick days were as much fun.

waiting for pancakesIn an effort to stay slightly sane today, Friday, I dragged Cole out on a walking tour of the local shopping mall. The tour started at IHOP for a pancake lunch. We then took the longest possible path to Walmart in order to look at, but not not buy, the toys and read a few books. Next stop was Coles Books to read more books, gotta love a kid that can spend an hour in Walmart and still spend 1/2 hour looking at books. After all that fun I took him grocery shopping. I’m not sure, but I think I may have worn him out a bit, he even asked to go right home and drooped a little in his carseat.

Home with Spots

Cole with spotsWe noticed a few small spots on Cole’s shoulder Friday and a few more showed up over the weekend. A friend of ours mentioned on Sunday that the spots looked like Chickenpox to her. Since none of the spots had developed into blisters and weren’t open sores, I wasn’t worried about him going to school. I did look up the BC rules for sending kids to school with Chickenpox just in case that is what he had, this is what I found:

Since Cole had been listening on Sunday, when his teacher asked about the spot on his neck, of course, he said he had Chicken Pox. He was immediately packed up and sent down to the office to wait for me to come pick him up.When I got there it was apparent that the school staff wasn’t sure that it was Chicken Pox, one teacher said it looked like spider bites, another said that it looked like an allergic reaction. However the end result was that I still had to take him home.

The doctor appointment was inconclusive as well. Our family doctor said she wouldn’t have pegged the spots as Chickenpox, but that they are viral in nature. Apparently the spots aren’t presenting as Chickenpox normally would but then since he is vaccinated he wouldn’t present the same. We were advised to keep him home an extra day to make sure there are no new spot. We are allowed to send him back to school 24 hrs after no new spots.

We are now on day 5 since the first spot appeared and those first spots are fading without forming blisters, but a couple of new spots have appeared. This means that Cole gets 1 more day at home with Mama ‘just to be sure’ and to keep the other parents at the school from worrying. I’m still not sure what it is that Cole has but hopefully it goes away soon!

Detention Attention

Cole had his first detention yesterday. He didn’t complete his desk work during class time so he had to stay after school to finish. I went to his class at about 3:10 pm to pick him up. He was just finishing off his work when I arrived. I had a talk with his teacher about how things were going and helped him clean the garbage (pencil shavings, broken erasers, etc) out of his desk. This all seemed like a logical consequence to me.

I found out from his teacher today that some of his classmates have been asking if they can stay after school too. Apparently Cole really liked having the extra attention from his teacher and having me giving him attention after class. He was telling all his friends about it and making it sound so good that they all wanted to have a chance to get that ‘treat’ too.

Not quite the result that we were expecting. Today when he didn’t finish his desk work in the morning his teacher had him stay in at lunch. From 12:00-12:15 he did desk work, then from 12:15-12:30 he ate lunch. His teacher said that she had never seen him so focused, he finished his desk work faster than normal and ate all his lunch in record time so that he could get outside and play with his friends. We all agree that lunch time detention was less of a treat for him.  :)

First broken bone

Waiting at the hospitalCole was playing in the playground outside his karate class. This is what we normally do after class on nice days, he loves to climb all over the equipment and go down the slides. He was sharing a spinning wheel (has replaced monkey bars in many playgrounds) with a friend and falls. This has happened before, but this time he landed on his arm instead of his feet. He complained that it hurt but there were no lumps or bumps and he could wiggle his fingers so I just took him home, gave him some advil and let him watch some TV. I figured it was a sprain or strain and would get better on it’s own.

When Hubby got home he took one look at Cole’s arm and noticed how swollen the elbow was. It was decided to take him in and get that elbow x-rayed.

First castAfter a few hours in the hospital it was determined that the humerus was fractured near his elbow and he would need a cast. The doctor on call in emergency was pretty confident that we would only need to leave it on for 2 weeks. Cole was pretty freaked, he had NO idea what a cast was, but he knew he didn’t want one! Once he saw what it was and noticed that it didn’t hurt as much now that he didn’t have to hold his arm up with his other hand he was a bit happier. Cole declared this his Worst Birthday Ever! We kinda agree, at least he had his pool party before he broke his arm

First time on the Ferry without Daddy

Mama and Cole did a day trip to Nanaimo for Great-Granny Bain’s 91st birthday party.

First time out of the country, Cancun vacation

This was our first family vacation out of the country. Cole loved it, he got to collect shells, swim in the pool and the ocean, see live shows in the hotel theatre, and touch dolphins on the trip.

First time to a Live Theatre Show

He went to “Thomas Saves the Day” at GM Place with Mama & Ryan Adam. I’m not sure which the boys like more, watching the show or getting to ride on the Sky Train there and back again.

Sky TrainThomas the tank engine live showThomas the tank engine Final scene

Ready for bed

Cole tucked himself in and started to read himself a story before going sleep. He still wants Mama or Daddy to read him one too.
Reading in bed

Says “Mommy Look” & “Daddy Look” when he draws a picture or is being a Dare Devil

Plays “I love you” game

When Mommy says “I love you” to Cole, he says “Daddy?” and waits for “Daddy loves you” Cole then goes on to “Grandma?” and “Meow?” and “Baby?” making sure everyone still loves him.

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