Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Swim Lessons

Grandma and Grandpa got the boys swim lessons for Christmas. They LOVE it.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Dog Tipping

Miles is "dog tipping." He's sneaking up behind our poor Olive with his toy Lightning Mcqueen and revving its engine.

And apparently it's not just "Cars." He's also been saying that he's Buzz and Jack is Woody (from "Toy Story").

I think we may have to cut him off.

Gymnastics

Miles' preschool has an option for us to pay extra for the kids to take gymnastics while they're at school. In December, we were really strapped for cash, so elected to stop doing the classes. Yesterday, Miles asked me if he could pay for gymnastics with the money in his railroad sign bank (he probably has a few bucks worth of coins in there). SNIFF.

Needless to say, I signed him up again this morning...no bank money needed. Little sweetheart.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Jack and his Beloved Boots

Jack is currently napping...with his snow boot on his hands!

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Yesterday morning he woke me up crying, "Wanna go see Cae-wan." Caelan is his cousin.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Thoughts on the Dr. Reinisch Show

We're working on finding a link to the plastic surgery show featuring Dr. Reinisch. My only complaint was that it was too short! I was surprised that I learned new stuff in the show.

Conor, the little boy featured, is absolutely adorable. I was especially glad to see that Miles is not the only one who acted up in Dr. R's office, LOL.

I never really understood how the skin membrane/flap worked. I didn't realize that it folded down from above! This is the "flap" of tissue that provides the blood supply to the new ear. It folds down from the upper part of the head and is wrapped around the medpor framework. My husband said he never really understood it properly before either. So I learned something new from the show, which is great.

Also, I was shocked at how big and thick the abdomen skin graft was! It's amazing that it doesn't leave a bigger scar. All I could think was "Ouch! Poor babies." I can see why it used to be so painful for kids before Dr. R. started using the marcaine drip. Thank goodness for it.

A Sign of the Times

Last night at dinner, Miles thanked God for "our email." Now that's different from my prayers as a kid (or even as an adult).

When I put him to bed he asked me, "Mommy, what does 'die' mean?" Dun dun dun! Oy, I wasn't ready for this one. I tried to explain it in 4 year old terms, but my sensitive little guy started crying because he "didn't want to die." It broke my heart. Where the heck does his little brain pick up such things?

They boys started swim lessons yesterday, thanks to Grandma and Grandpa. We took some video, but need to digitize it so we can post it. They are in the same class now and could they be any cuter? They're 2 of only 3 kids in the class. The other one is a little girl. Jack took a little while to warm up to the instructor, but then he did great. Miles did too. They LOVED it! You should have seen my little hellions splashing like crazy. I thought "poor little girl," but soon she joined in too. You gotta love kids.

Jack may start preschool or daycare soon. Ack! Brian is up for a really good job. Wish us luck. It'll be a major transition for all of us. But I think it'll be great in the end.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Dec. & Jan. Pictures

Here are some random pics of the boys. The first two are (obviously) from when Grandma and Grandpa were here:

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This is another pretty one from one of the many big snow storms we've had:

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Here is Jack wearing 2 of his 3 obsessions: his sunglasses (note they are upside down here) and his snow boots. He would wear them constantly if he were able. His 3rd obsession is unfortunately not pictured: a little Lilo and Stitch space ship from a Happy Meal. He's never even seen the movie and it wasn't from a HM we ate, but he still must carry it with him at all times.

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The boys with very abstract playdoh artwork:

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The boys in their cute new mix and match jammies with muscle cars on them:

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The boys in their "Royal Tennenbaums" fleece track suits that I got super cheap at Old Navy. They're looking a little bored here:

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Miles read 4 books from his "Mat and Bob" books to me today. It was so cool. Jack is my little snuggle bug.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Quotes of the Day

Miles: "We didn't play with Tannin today because he wasn't wearing socks." Ah, the social politics and intricacies of preschool. You'd better believe we had a discussion about this one.

Jack: "That's MY crying." Okay, you can have it, kiddo.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Dr. Reinisch on TV!

Dr. Reinisch will be featured on " Plastic Surgery, Before & After" doing microtia reconstruction. It will air on the Discovery Health Channel on 1/14 at 10 pm EST (8 pm MST). The little boy featured is someone from the microtia yahoo board. Can't wait to see it!

Monday, January 01, 2007

He Can Read! Really Really Read!

Oh yeah, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! We were just eating breakfast, and daddy started writing words on a piece of paper, and Miles could really read them! He read jet, nap, cat, pen, cup, bun, hand, cart, farm, barn, top, tub, ship, fish, dog, rat, fat, hop, pop, stop, can, ton, and mad.

Anybody that knows me knows that I am the most avid reader in the world. There's almost nothing I like more, so this is particularly exciting for me. I hope he likes reading even half as much as I do.

So now I'm off to get him some books to read together, because he's clamoring for more. In fact, he forgot all about his beloved cinnamon roll he was enjoying it so much. This is a fabulous way to start 2007!