Saturday, May 19, 2012

Who? Sparkle Fangs?

About two weeks ago Wyatt was eating and said, "Ouch!" and then he started crying.  He said, "Mommy, my tooth hurts."  Of course I thought he must have a loose tooth.  He came over and I checked the small front bottom teeth, and one was starting to become loose.  So, I thought I should check Nolan's teeth also.  Well, sure enough he had the same exact tooth loose, but it was much more loose than Wyatt's tooth and he didn't complain about it. 

Yesterday, while waiting in the car line at the boys school, Ms. Penny, Nolan's teacher walked him to the car.  Nolan was holding a wet napkin on his bottom lip, while carrying a ziplock bag.  Ms. Penny informed me that Nolan had lost his tooth.  I immediately said, "Yay, Nolan, Mommy is so exited for you!"  He was all pumpkin smiles and that made me laugh even more. 

He fell asleep on the way home from school

Inside the house and awake

The tooth in the ziplock bag

The pumpkin smile

Another close up

THE tooth

I asked Nolan, "How did you end up loosing your tooth?"  Nolan, "I was chewing on my pants string, and the string just pulled it out, and the tooth fell into my hand."  He said his teacher Ms. Heather helped him put his tooth into a bag and gave him a wet napkin to help comfort him.  Ms. Sandra (one of the teachers at school) later told me that Nolan had initially a look of shock and surprise, but immediately turned to pride when it happened. 

The infamous string he was chewing on when the tooth came out

When we arrived home we called Blake and Nolan told him of the news. Blake was super excited for him as well. 

When Wyatt found out Nolan's tooth finally came out, he immediately found his string on his pants and started chewing on it in hopes of his loose tooth making an exit!

Wyatt working on his loose tooth with THE string

Enter the intense Tooth Fairy planning.

Several months ago, I went to the bank and exchanged a twenty dollar bill for some gold one dollar coins.  I thought it would be cool to get a flashy coin, instead of paper money from the tooth fairy.  So, I was armed with my coins and patiently waiting for the day one of the boys would loose a tooth.

Nolan's been sleeping in his top bunk bed and I didn't know how I was going to retrieve the tooth from under his pillow without waking him.  So, I looked up some different tooth fairy ideas on the internet and combined my own ideas with some of the others that I liked.  I told Nolan that we will fill a small glass with water, put his tooth inside, and place the glass on his dresser by the window.  (All tooth fairies come into the house through the window).  The tooth fairy will come, take the tooth, and turn the water to a color of the tooth fairies choice. 

We were now ready for the tooth fairy to come over night.  Nolan, however wanted to sleep with me last night and Blake had a late hockey tournament, so I said yes.  My mom is visiting from Texas and Wyatt wanted to sleep with her, and she certainly enjoyed the fact that he wanted to sleep with his Mawmaw.  She was tickled pink.

Wyatt, wasn't exactly excited that he didn't have a tooth for the tooth fairy, so we had to explain that he would have a special time with the tooth fairy all by himself. 

The next morning Wyatt woke us all at 5:57am, "Nolan, the tooth fairy has been in your room, come quick!"  Everyone got up to share in Wyatt's excitement, EXCEPT Nolan.  He said, "I sleeping Wyatt."  And he went back to sleep.  Wyatt was mesmerized by the water, it had been turned blue, the tooth was missing, a gold coin and letter had been left, and a trail of fairy dust was left behind on the dresser, on the inside and outside of Nolan's window.  Finally, Nolan gets up at 8:40, Wyatt tells Nolan, "You have fairy dust on your pillow, blanket, and on your face!"  Nolan, "What!?"  They started laughing.  Nolan runs to his room, sees the glass empty and the water turned blue.   He also sees his gold coin and the letter that the tooth fairy left for him to read.  But, the biggest hit was the trail of fairy dust on the dresser leading to the window.  When he noticed that the trail was outside of the window, he said, "Wow! There's fairy dust outside too!"

Fairy dust on Nolan

Gold coin and letter from the fairy, and the water turned blue

Fairy dust on the dresser

Fairy dust inside the window

Fairy dust outside the windwo

Wyatt pointing out the trail of fairy dust

Checking that the tooth is gone

Nolan opening his letter from the tooth fairy

The letter

Next, Nolan opened his letter from the tooth fairy, and here's what the letter said:

May 18, 2012

Dear Nolan,

Congratulations!  You've finally lost your very 1st tooth!  What a relief.  Losing teeth is a sign that you are growing up.  This is a very magical tooth, and I'm glad to keep it.  Teeth have 3 things that make a tooth very magical, and this tooth has Age, Health, and Goodness.

Age - the older the tooth the better, because it has a longer time to soak in all of the good magic that you create.  This tooth is 5 years old.

Health - a good, strong, white, pearly tooth always gives more magic than one that's sick.

Goodness - a tooth from the mouth of a good child has much more powerful magic in it than from a naughty kid.  Your tooth is super duper strong and has lots of magic.

Please keep being a good boy and taking really good care of your teeth, so they'll stay healthy and not sick.

I left a special coin just for you.  It's a gold one dollar coin.  Enjoy!

Your Tooth Fairy,

Sparkle Fangs

Fairy Dust Color is: Unicorn  (multi-colored glitter and purple glitter eye make-up)
Favorite Color is: Blue  (food coloring)

The letter was a big hit with the boys especially finding out the name of Nolan's tooth fairy. 

We are excited for the next tooth to be lost.  We are looking forward to knowing the name of the next fairy, what kind of dust he or she will have, and what his or her favorite color to turn the water will be!

(Disclaimer:  I did not sprinkle the glitter until early the next morning.  When Wyatt came into the room, I sent him to find Blake and that's when I sprinkled the glitter on his pillow.  I also used loose eye shadow glitter, to be careful of him rubbing his eyes.  I did use regular glitter on his dresser and window.)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pop A Tent

We originally had planned on camping out in the backyard this weekend, but the cooler evening weather put a twist on our plans.  So, we weren't going to let that stop us.  Blake pulled the twin mattresses off of the boys beds for us, and put the boys play tent in the living room for them to sleep in.  It was a tight squeeze for them, but once they fell asleep we moved one of them.  We had the best time.  We pretended that we were having a campfire too!  Wyatt found two of his "finger lights" (for a make shift campfire), red and orange lights, crossed them over each other and turned them on.  He was so proud and creative.  Below are some pics of our fun night together.  (We tried to talk MawMaw into sleeping in the living room with us, but no dice!)

Blake and the boys putting up their tent in the living room

The boys getting pretty tired

Our campfire (the finger lights)

In the tent the next morning, playing with MawMaw's "Nook"

Making wonderful memories with the quality and quanity of time that we spend together.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Making progress

Our little garden is not so little anymore.  It's really growing.  I'm so excited about what's to come.  I'm trying different things with the garden for pest control, such as:  crushed egg shells to ban slugs/snails from eating the leafy greens, and homemade spray for the damaging insects.  The spray that I made is a couple of drops of ivory soap, one tablespoon of cooking oil (olive oil) to 4 cups of water.  I need to spot treat the leaves (top/bottom) as needed while trying to avoid spraying any beneficial insects (ladybugs etc.).    So I'm really trying to do my homework and stay on top of things.  My green beans however are lacking the luster I'd really like to see.  When I notice a problem, I promptly remove any diseased leaves hoping the problem will not spread to any other parts of the plant.  I'll have to keep my eye on them.  The beans are one of the ones that I'd like to see produce.  But, it is a learning experience, and I'll know and hopefully do a better job next year.   Here are some current pictures of our garden.

Our latest picture of the garden


Banana pepper


Green bean

Bibb lettuce (with crushed eggshell)

Cherry tomatoes

Large tomatoes

 (How cool is it going to be, to see carrots
 with the greens on the end?)

Yay!  For our growing garden.

Surrender MawMaw

Wyatt asked MawMaw to go outside and play with him, of course she said "sure."  She didn't have a clue what was coming her way.  Most of the time, this means come outside and sit while you watch me play.  This time, she was actually told to walk out into the grass and play.  They walked out into what Wyatt called the wilderness (the backyard with grass/weeds that desperately needed to be cut).  So MawMaw the unsuspecting victim did as she was told.  Wyatt handed her a Nerf gun and said "We are gonna draw and shoot each other."    I also reminded MawMaw the most important phrase during the gun fight, "Knees and toes only!"  I told her to remind him of this rule or know how to turn around and run quickly.  So, they pumped their guns and started shooting each other, Wyatt didn't load MawMaw's gun with bullets, just his.  So, she caught on immediately and ended the shooting match, yelling,  Wyatt "No fair!  No fair!  You didn't load my gun!  Knees and toes only!  Knees and toes only!"  Wyatt....LAUGHING the WHOLE time.     Here are some of the pics from their gunfight.  (Wyatt, did however, shoot only below the waist, I was proud of him.)

Walking out for the gun fight

Wyatt, laughing at MawMaw


Finally, she takes aim


Wyatt, "My job here is done."

These kids make me laugh.  I'm going to miss this age.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Welcome Delicious!

From the mouth of neighbors little boy described my homemade cupcakes when he took a bite......"Ummmmm, DELICIOUS!"  So glad he enjoyed them, I plan on making another batch tonight, I need to finish using my strawberries.  I made strawberry cupcakes from scratch (no box mixes here!) with coconut icing and I must say that they were pretty good.  Better than any cupcake I've ever had, but of course I LOVE strawberry ANYTHING!  So, I made them, and shared them with others.  Below are some pics I snapped during the process!

The remaining strawberries I'm trying to use.

The batter with fresh chopped strawberries mixed in

In the muffin tin

Out of the oven.  The kitchen smelled nice!

Add the coconut icing and sprinkles

My strawberry coconut dream, maybe that's what I should name them!

Now, time for round two.  Yay!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Swimming in Turtlebay

Today is THE day.  Our very first day to get into our small backyard pool and get fully wet.  The "water gun only" days are gone, and pool fun filled days are ahead.  Today's temperature was 91 degrees.  A perfect day to get wet and enjoy ourselves. 

After dropping the boys off at school, my mom and I were on a mission to get the pool aired up.  We didn't have an automatic air pump, so we had to use a bicycle pump.  Yes, it was grueling, but good exercise for the one pumping the air into the pool.  BUT, for the person holding the air pump tube to the plug in the pool, in this case would be my mom; she said her finger tips were getting heated from the quick force of air that was going into the plug.  My mom was the first person to hold the plug, and I didn't believe her, that the plug was hot.  So, as any determined person would be, I kept going, I was going to finish airing this pool.    Finally, my mom in a stern voice says, "Donnie, THIS plug is getting hot!"  Me, "How can an air plug get hot, just from some air being blown into a kiddie pool?"  So, I still kept going, finally my mom says, "Ouch!!", and she said "You get over here and do this part, if you want this pool aired up!"  So the sweet daughter that I am, switched places with her.  And, yes, I'm saying it Mother, "You were right."  (I'll never say this again if I can possibly help it.)  The pool plug was hot.  So now, I'm holding the plug, she does 3 pumps on the bicycle pump, and says, "I'm tired, I need a smoke break."    She then pulls out a cigarette, lights it up, but can barely hold it due to her fingers being blistered.  (At least she says they are, sometimes she can be a slight bit dramatic.)  I laughed hysterically, I could not help myself.   Every time my moms comes to visit, we always have some sort story to share.  A story that evolves around the two of us.   However, we did finish getting the pool aired up after several complaints from my mom ranging from, "my fingers are sore", "my shoulder is almost out of joint",  "I can't stoop over, it makes my allergies run", etc.   Just a funny experience. 

So, we filled the pool with water to let the sun warm it, hoping it would be ready for playtime when the boys arrived from school.    And it WAS!  Enjoy the photos below of the boys having a grand time in their "Turtlebay Pool".  They pretended they were rescue doctors, exploring the depths of the ocean, tending to the ill turtles needs. 

Moving the slide to the pool was a great idea

Enjoying a popcicle together

Fighting off "Killer Wasps" together

Working together still

Now spraying each other

Nolan was excited that Wyatt taught him how to use his goggles.  Nolan, went under the water with his goggles for the very first time.  This is a huge accomplishment.

"I did it Mommy!  I went under the water!"

Wyatt the fish

Brotherly LOVE

A BIG splash to end the day, in a great way

MORE to come!