Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The last pair.

I knew it was coming I could see the knees getting thinner and thinner but the problem is this was the last pair and his favorite. Around Kaden's Birthday he got 3 pairs of jeans all size 4. Two pair are now high waters and I am finding that Kaden wears his cloths out the older he gets. I was looking forward to passing down his cloths to Karson but I am also happy that Karson will not have all his brothers old things too. So now its time to go shopping. I have been putting it off but its time to go. It's also time to get Easter outfits for the boys.

Monday, March 30, 2009


I missed Kaden's soccer game last Saturday. I hated that I did. The weather was so cold and windy and since I have been under the weather and with Karson's ear infections I did not want take any chances so Karson and I stayed home and Tim took Kaden to his game. It was in the low 40's and very windy so Tim bundled Kaden up in layers. We learned our lesson at Kaden's first game.
Kaden was hit point blank in the stomach with the ball at his game. Tim said he just shook it off and stayed in. I was happy to hear that because I knew it would happen at some point we have seen kids hit in the face and elbowed and I was afraid he would not want to play anymore if he was hit. On Saturday afternoon Kaden fell asleep on the couch he was so tired.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

He loves books.

Karson loves to climb up in the rocker in his room and read books. He will sit there for a long time looking through his books.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

First Day of School

Karson is going to MDO for 2 weeks so I can get some work done at church. I got a great report from the school. They said he enjoyed himself and just fit in well with the class. Karson is my outgoing and easygoing child. When I was told he would take a nap on a nap mat I told them they may have a problem because he is very attached to his bed. They showed me. He took a good nap on a big boy nap mat with his class.

I had plans to take pictures of him with his little backpack and lunch box but he walked right in the room and started playing with no goodbye.

On the way to school in the car Kaden was giving Karson a pep talk "Karsee you are going to have so much fun and make new friends. Big brother will be in his class and we will see each other after school" it was the sweetest thing I have ever seen. Kaden even walked his little bro to his room.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Baby Stellan

Please pray for baby Stellan and his family.

You can read about baby Stellan at mycharmingkids.net

Monday, March 23, 2009

Ear Infections

Last week Karsee started pulling on his ears and by Friday a fever. Saturday morning I got him in to see a doctor and just as I suspected a Ear Infection.

Karson is having ear infections back to back right now about every 3 weeks. We went through this with Kaden. Right now it is a waite and see till the end of summer and if the ear infections continue through the summer we will get a referrell to be evaluated for tubes.

This time around Karson has a strong antibiotic that is upsetting his stomach and causing him to have some painful side effects. Nothing life threatening just painful and normal with antibiotics. I wish I could just take the pain away.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

#1 Google Search for ...

I am #1 for things I do not want to be #1 for. The googler was very disapointed.

You are getting very sleepy.

This morning I woke up with a scratchy throat and runny nose. East Texas is covered in pollen right now. After church I took some drowsy allergy medicine and was planning on a long nap. As soon as lunch was over I was on my way to nap when Karson woke up from his short nap. He is not feeling well and did not take a nap all day. He was really tired around 7pm and crawled up in my lap while we watched AFV together. By the end of the show he was ready for bed.

Sleepy Head

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The laugh that tells all.

Karson has this laugh that when you here it you know you need to stop whatever you are doing and check on him. I was getting everything ready for bath time tonight when I heard the cute mischievous laugh and then Kaden "Moooooom Karson is on the couch". I knew to run because Karson gets so excited when he climbs on the couch he tends to fall off.

The sunrise and the back porch.

Last night I had the privilege of going to the Repeats Are Neat Sale held here in Longview twice a year. Since it started a few years ago I have not missed a sale. I got a special early pass this year to get in 1 hour early at 6pm. I cooked dinner for the guys and left for my sale.

I got a handful of stuff for my boys for a great price. Below is the information on the sale if you are in the area.

After I got home last night Karson started feeling warm and was fussy. I took his temperature and it was 102. I gave him some Motrin and then a little while later Tylenol. He still felt a little warm but finally went to sleep.
I decided to do nothing else and go to bed because I knew it could be a bad night. I went to bed and could not sleep. I could not turn my brain off. I finally dosed off thinking of my sick baby in the other room.
I do not have bad dreams very often but last night I had 2. The kind that wake you up. Finally around 6am I gave up on sleep and went to check on Karson. He was sleeping so sweet and warm with fever in his bed. Then I tucked my squirmy peaceful 4 year old halfway falling off his bed back in as well. Went to the living room opened the curtains of my big window and blogged while watching the sun rise through my nice spring ready back porch. Tim worked hard on our forgotten winter pollen porch yesterday and it looks great.

Kaden went to the linen closet the other day and found a Christmas blanket I made a long time ago and wrapped up in it.

When I went to check on Karson the other day it looked like he just fell asleep in the middle of playing.

Time to call the doctor.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Good Find Friday - Pancake Face

During spring break my Mom and Brother came for a visit. For some reason I did not get my camera out until our goodbye breakfast to take one picture. The visit went by fast and we stayed busy for the one full day they were here. On Wednesday morning my Mom took us to Ihop for breakfast and then headed back to BigD well Mesquite but BigD sounds better.

Ihop has one of the best kids menu's I have seen. There are 2 different menus healthy and non-healthy. Kaden ordered a Pancake face. It comes with strawberry eyes, bannana nose and mouth, and a gogurt which is yogurt for your child to decorate it even more. When it came out it was the biggest pancake I have ever seen. Kaden was nice and shared with his little bro. It feeds 2 kids easily and is priced great to feed 2 kids.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pink Is For Girls.

Everytime I walk through those double automatic doors the Target One Dollar Aisle calls my name. A few days ago I was letting the boys try on some bunny ears when a helpful Target employee walked up and told me how cute my kids were and then grabbed some pink ears and put them on Karson and said "We should take off those white ones because little girls need pink". She quickly walked away and Kaden and I looked at each other with a puzzled look and started laughing.

Kaden was mistaken as a girl from birth and I would nicely correct people and they would always reply with "it's because he is too pretty to be a boy". With Karson this has just started and I get the same reply. I am thinking it is the curls and blue eyes. I refuse to cut the curls and I am planning on keeping his hair styled longer so I guess I should get used to it and continue to laugh it off.

Cheer up Abby

Last Thursday one of my favorite blogs requested pictures of purple tongues. Kaden wanted to have a blue tongue because purple tongues are for girls.

This is the picture I sent.

Here is the wall in Abby's hospital room. I circled Kaden's picture.

I am so happy we helped cheer Abby up. She will be in the hospital for a while. The Riggs family has a goal to fill up every wall in her room with pictures.

Here is the post about the purple tongues. CLICK HERE

To read this blog about a special little girl that needs prayer. CLICK HERE

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday - Preschool Book Review

This week I want to share a book my boys love.

Who Stole The Cookies?
By Judith Moffatt

"Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?" The Cat, Puppy, and Mouse all deny stealing the cookies. Each suggests a different suspect. Read to find out just who stole the cookies from the cookie jar.

This week I was inspired. I will confess that when I bought Girl scout cookies this year I put 2 boxes away for myself and left the rest for everyone else only touching my stash. The other night I got them out to share a few with Kaden and they were almost gone. I knew I had not eaten that many.
I quickly text Tim with a message. I think the texts went like this.

Amy: I see you found my stash.

Tim: What?

Amy: The Girl scout cookies.

Tim: You had a stash of Girl scout cookies?

I knew that if Tim did it he would not lie to me about it. Tim also suggested the other suspect in the house. I just thought that there was no way it could be Kaden. So I went back to his bed and asked him and with a guilty look on his face he denied it. A few minutes later I hear Kaden calling me. I go back to his room and he confesses and you could just see the load lift off his shoulders. It took everything in me to keep from laughing. I could just picture our little cookie monster tiptoeing into our room like mission impossible eating cookies. I owed Tim a big apology.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I give up.

Kaden is going through a new phase. He wants to change his cloths all the time he tries on many outfits and many layers or not enough for the weather. I always make him change if it is inappropriate for the weather. I am honestly trying to encourage this imagination thing but the mess is really getting to me. When he is changing his cloths up to 10 times a day he is just throwing it all over his room.


We have tried to make a rule that it is ok to change as long as you put the old outfit back in the drawer. I also have the OCD thing where I like all the cloths folded when they are in the drawer that I am folding all this stuff at the end of the day. I also have a laundry problem that if I am unsure if it is clean or dirty I just wash it. I have decided to let him use his imagination but the rule is that he has to help me clean it up before bed and I am giving up the folding thing for right now as long as the cloths are put away.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


We went back to kidstation again last week. Kaden and Carmen just had a little too much energy for our house. I took Karson this time too. He loved all the climbing he could do without getting in trouble.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Little Gentleman

Kaden and I planned a visit to see our sick neighbor today that just came home from the hospital. While we were at the store I told him I would like to pick up a nice plant and dessert for her for us to take over. Kaden interrupted me and said " I would like to pick out some flowers because girls like flowers". Right when we got home he was ready to go. He also informed me he was old enough to go by himself. I encouraged his independence and walked far behind him to make sure everything went ok. He presented the get well flowers and banana bread with style.

Referee 101

Can someone inform me what the referee rules are in parenting. There has been alot of crying lately. I really need some advice. My boys are starting to fight and over toys. Karson thinks its ok to try to take toys and things from Kaden. Kaden also does not like Karson having his toys so he grabs them from Karson. Because they both have been guilty of taking from the other when I do not see what happened I do not know who to give the toys back to.


1. Give it to the child who owns it?
2. Do you take your oldests word for it?
3. My youngest does not have a full vocabulary. Then when they can both talk what do you do?
4. Do you take it away from both of them since they did not share?
5. Do you encourage your kids to share all their toys with each other with no ownership?

I have started the say your sorry and give the other a hug thing but it seems like forced love.

Just asking. I need some advice, comments, and ideas. I am new to this mother of 2 thing.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Good Find Friday - Bath Towels For Little Ones

I love bath towels for kids. There are so many out there to choose from. The problem is that most of them are out of my price range.

Around Christmas I realized that Kaden's towels were worn out and Karson's baby towels were too small. I started looking around and found both at Target. I put Karson's on his Christmas list and found Kaden's at Target on sale right after Christmas.

Karson received 2. A frog and a shark for Christmas. He loves the shark. It is big enough to wrap around him well to keep him warm. This item is found in the baby bathing section at Target for 9.99.
Karson loves to walk around with it trailing behind him until he finds a mirror to look at himself with it on.

Kaden's Speedracer towel would serve better as a summer towel for swimming because it doesn't keep him as warm as he would like. I think he would do better with big super hero beach towel for bath time but the hooded towel is a great design for the summer swimming months. It also lights up.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Karson is doing so much and growing up so fast.

He loves to put on hats, masks, and sunglasses.

He is a good climber.

He is not happy with the average baby sippy cup. He wants his brothers and if it is in his reach he will take it and run.

Kaden is a big music fan. His favorite music right now is the Jonas Brothers but he also loves Toby Mac and Hillsongs Kids. He is my little Rocker Cool Guy. It is hard to get pictures and video of Kaden because most of the time he says no or gets shy when the camera comes out. He did let me video his rock star Bonus Jonas (this is what Kaden calls himself) concert . I will let him take the blog out. Make sure to watch till the end when Kaden breaks it down and Karsee shows you his dancing skills. Hope you enjoy.

Kaden Bonus Jonas from Tim Gabbard on Vimeo.

Uploading problems

I have not blogged in a while. I have been trying to post a blog with a video for a few days. It has been very frustrating to me. I have called on a pro thankfully he loves me and is willing to help. I think this is a PC problem. Tim has the Mac out and I think it will be up soon.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings Time is tonight.
I always have to say the saying to myself Spring forward, Fall back to remember which one to do.
Don't forget to change your clocks.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Kaden's friendCarmen came over this morning. I was really tired because I had the bright idea to go ahead and let Karsee go to bed at dinner time when I got home from the store last night. It backfired BIG TIME. At about 1:30am I heard crying and went to Karsons room I was welcomed with a big good morning smile. For 4 hours I tried to get him to go back to sleep. I think around 4ish in the morning he went back to sleep and slept till 10am. Which put our scheduled day off.

Long story short about Kaden's friend. She is kept by our neighbor next store but also goes to church with us. Carmen and Kaden have grown up together. Well my neighbor had to be rushed to the hospital on Tuesday and is still there. I do not know all the details I am planning on checking on them tomorrow to see if they need anything. She has some sort of infection and is stable but will need some recovery time.
Yesterday was easy Carmen went to school with Kaden and I just picked them up. Today was different. I had to get them out of the house and a place to let all there energy out. I had two free passes to Kidstation. I thought perfect time because Kaden does not like to go alone. So while Karson took his nap (Tim stayed with him). I took the rowdy full of energy 4 year olds. The place was empty. We had it to ourselves. I thought since I did not have Karson to lug around I would try to get Kaden to climb the tunnels and slide down the slides if I would go with him. Kaden is my cautious child everything is on his own time you cannot force him. He agreed if I went first I started climbing. I heard Kaden behind me and then each time I turned around Kaden was not there. I was stuck and the only way down were the slides.
After Kidstation we went home and had snacks and quiet time. I put on a show for them to start dinner. They both asked for a pillow and blankie. After about 15 minutes I checked on them and they had both fallen asleep.
Karson was up from his nap and ready to help. He loves to help me unload the dishwasher. He also has a new love for dressing up - boy styles of course no dresses and beads around here.
His favorites are ball caps, sunglasses, and masks. He brings it all to me to put it on and walks away as happy as a 15 month old could be. He found Carmens backpack today and brought it to me. He walked all around with it on even though it was almost as big as he is.

Karson turned 15 months old today. He is in a curious stage you can just see him soaking in the world like a sponge. He points to everything as to say tell me what that is. He also points to say I want that. He will try and try to do something till he figures it out. He loves for someone to chase after him I am usually willing to because I get rewarded with a baby belly laugh.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


LOST deserves a whole post today. I have been thinking since I watched it last I want to blog about it. Like my sister-in-law Lori posted it was AWESOME.
The last few weeks I have had a few answers and then more questions with each episode. But last night was one of the best episodes I would say top 3 so far.
My thoughts on Lost.
I am so glad the time jumps are over they were starting to hurt my head.
I thought the sonic fences would make your head explode how did they live?
I never would have thought that Sawyer and Juliet would be together and then to top it off Kate and Jack return. I have always wanted Kate and Jack together for good. So I am excited to see what will unfold even though I think Juliet will get her heart broken.
My biggest question right now is WHERE IS LITTLE AARON? When are they going to explain that?

So now I have to wait two whole weeks 14 days to get some answers.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I woke up this morning and my back is almost back to 100%. I still have a little leg pain but am not miserable like yesterday.

So our family sickness stuff continues. Tim woke up really sick with a stomach virus or food poisoning. Hoping for food poisoning because it is not contagious. I do not ever remember our family being sick like this ever. We usually get it and then we are over it. The boys get colds and and ear infections but not all this.


Every Tuesday and Thursday when Kaden walks into his class at school he announces something.

Here are a few of my favorites:

" I am getting a robot dog and naming him sweaty pits"

" My mommy said if I come into your class today and stay I get an ice cream"

and yesterday........ "My Mommy hurt her back and she cannot pick things up so she makes me do it".

Ok I confess I have been asking my son to pick things up for me. I do not always do this but I really need the help right now and he seemed so willing to help.

The teacher then asked me if I was ok. I told her about the back pain and she said well "your not as young as you used to be". I did not take offense I really like her and could not ask for a better teacher for Kaden. I was shocked I am young I am in my twenties. For some reason I go around with the mind set that I am in my young twenties because there is no way that time as flown by so fast. But I am facing the reality that in about a month I will be really close to turning 30. In just a couple of years I will be 30.

I guess I am not as young as I used to be and pains are not always something you can just sleep or walk off. Sometimes you have to bring out the anti inflammatories and icy hot.

Wednesday - Preschool Book Review

My boys love this series by: Tom Arma. A person in our church passed the books down to Kaden and then I put them away for Karson. Karson gets so excited when I pull these books out to read to him before bedtime. He even likes to take them to bed with him to look at. In this book there is farmer jack and his farm animals which include a duck, sheep, and cow. It also teaches your child the sounds of each animals on the farm.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Redbox - Update

Last Friday I blogged about REDBOX check out the GOOD FIND FRIDAY blog here. I just received a message from REDBOX that they are also giving a free rental code every Wednesday in March for March Madness on REDBLOG. Check it for a free rental tomorrow and every Wednesday in March. That is 2 free rentals a week.


Our Nursery Team started a new curriculum last Sunday. It includes so much sensory and hands on stuff for the kids. Stuff I love.

Monday evening I noticed the shot area where Kaden got his shots 3 weeks ago did not look right. It was really red and looked bad. I looked at the paperwork his doctor gave me and it said that if a rash occurs call the doctor right away. He has also not been himself the past few days. So as soon as I read that after he went to bed the Mommy in me started worrying. The spot has been red for weeks since the shots but not a like it was last night. I just beat myself up thinking I must have not been paying attention what if he has been in pain. Is he having some bad reaction to the shots that are suppose to keep him healthy. So this morning as soon as I could I called the doctor and left a message. The doctor wanted to see Karson this afternoon. I picked up Kaden from school and we went in to the doctor. The doctor looked him over he also wanted to check his ears since they were so infected last time and then looked at his throat, teeth, and the area on his leg. He said I got three things. 1. His ears look great. 2.He is working on two molars at once. 3. He has __________ _________ (I don't remember the medical terms) dermatitis which means he is allergic to band aids. I felt so stupid until he said it was good you came in because he does need a cream to clear it up. I think I laughed at loud when he said allergic to band aids because I was so relieved he was not having a reaction to the shots.

Right after that was all done and we left we had about 30 minutes till soccer practice. Kaden did much better tonight. They scrimmaged the same team from Saturday.

We also found out tonight Kaden will be having his soccer pictures on Saturday with his team and individually.

That's it tonight. I have been having some back and leg pain so I am going to medicate myself and go to bed.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

One Year Ago

One year ago today on leap year I posted my first post. ON LEAP YEAR. So I guess I cannot celebrate my real blogoversary for a while. I cant believe I have been blogging a year.