Saturday, November 22, 2014

thanksgiving lunch with Harper

Yesterday, Randy, his mom, and I enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving Lunch at Harper's school.

I especially enjoyed seeing Harper's picture of what she is thankful for. When asked what she was thankful for, she apparently adamantly exclaimed, "Me!" I'm glad to know that she appreciates herself so much!

Friday, November 21, 2014

the app fiasco.

A few weeks ago, we discovered that Hayden had purchased 4 apps on the iPad without our permission. He knew that he wasn't supposed to do that, but he said that the apps just looked like so much fun that he couldn't help himself. He also didn't think we would find out - obviously he was mistaken (and we were not pleased - to say the least).

Making things worse, the following day we found out that he had purchased more than we initially realized - more than he had "confessed" to (we received another "bill" for 6 more apps, bringing the grand total to 10 apps that he had purchased). Again, he didn't realize we would find out. Silly boy.

He had also purchased apps on my mother-in-law's iPad without her permission. He did readily admit to that (when I asked him if he had purchased apps on her iPad).

One "bright side" to this app purchasing naughtiness (although Hayden would disagree that the following "discovery" was a good thing), is that when he purchased these apps it noted the age rating (which is something that we ignorantly hadn't paid attention to before). The vast majority of the apps he had purchased were not age appropriate: 4 were for 17+, 3 were for 9+, and 1 was for 12+. Only 2 out of the 10 apps he had purchased were age appropriate (note: he is 7, but will be 8-years-old in January).

Hayden was not aware that he was purchasing age inappropriate apps, so I can't fault him for it. I did, however, immediately delete those 8 apps. I then went through the dozens of apps that he already had (that are free apps) and discovered that a lot of them were also not age appropriate - and I deleted them.

Most of the free age inappropriate apps were sports-related apps that included frequent/intense profanity, crude humor, and violence. I am definitely not going to win "Parent of the Year Award" anymore! 

In the end, I'm glad that Hayden purchased those apps. For one, he (hopefully) learned a lesson about the importance of being honest and how it is not okay to lie. Specifically, he now knows that it is most definitely not okay to purchase apps without permission. In addition, as parents we have become much more vigilant regarding the apps he has and he no longer has any apps that aren't age appropriate.

And despite his naughtiness, we still love and adore him. We just hope that he will make better choices in the future and be more forthright and truthful.

Side Note: Hayden's "punishment" included writing a letter of apology to his Nana (my mother-in-law), not being able to use the iPad for 4 days, and paying for the apps (he had just started receiving a $3.50 allowance a week prior to this fiasco).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

thanksgiving lunch at Washington Elementary.

Yesterday, Randy, Harper, and I had lunch with Hayden for his school's Annual Thanksgiving Lunch.

Hayden genuinely did not want to sit with us - which was a little disconcerting. He instead wanted to sit with his friend (and actually did sit with his friend at first - at a table that didn't have any room for us to sit).  I'm glad he enjoys his friend so much, but didn't exactly appreciate that he didn't want to sit with us or even seem to realize that he should sit with us (as a family). I suppose he already feels the "family love" and didn't need this"extra special" family time.

In the end, we convinced (or perhaps forced) him to sit with us and we had a lovely time.

I took these pictures for proof - and he seems to be enjoying our company and not too annoyed or upset that we "made him" sit with us.

Friday, November 14, 2014

talent show.

Harper's school's Talent Show was earlier today. The Talent Show was for the "Younger" and "Older" 3-Year-Old Classes at her school. Harper is in the Younger 3-Year-Old Class. The talents included 2 Frozen 'Let It Go' duets, a little boy who threw 3 baseballs, and a little girl who sang 'You Are My Sunshine'.

At the beginning of the Talent Show, all the kids performed a song together. Harper stood center-stage and crossed her arms over her chest and proceeded to cover her face with her hair. She did not sing. She looked quite uncomfortable.

For her talent, Harper had planned on riding her scooter and then doing a little dance on stage. She had helped me to pack the props she needed for her performance - her princess dress-up shoes, magic wand, pink phone, and tutu. I say 'planned' because come time to perform, Harper was not stage-ready.
Harper is sitting in my mom's lap in the bottom left-hand corner of the picture while her 2 friends perform one of the 'Let It Go' duets.

She did end up riding her scooter half-way to where we were sitting at which point she launched herself off her scooter and ran to me. Talent done.

We then watched the remaining performances together.

After all the performances were done, Harper immediately got on her scooter and rode it around as we headed toward the exit.

I wasn't sure how Harper was going to do at the Talent Show - whether she would perform or not. Her reaction was very similar to Hayden's - a reluctant, shy performer. It's funny though, because in general she is a very confident, outgoing girl. Obviously she doesn't like the focused attention that comes with performing though - at least not at this point in time.

We shall see how she does come Spring when they have their Spring Talent Show. Will she perform or won't she? Only time will tell.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

picture days.

Over a month ago, Hayden had his picture day. He is quite adorable in his picture - in my opinion.

Harper then had her picture day, and her pictures also came out adorable.
After Harper had her picture day, I went and found Hayden's pictures from his picture day when he was around Harper's age. Here he is when he was a little younger than Harper is now:

And here he is when he was a few months older than Harper is now.

I love myself some picture days - and pictures in general. Being able to watch them grow up through their annual (or semi-annual) photos is a treat and a treasure!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

lice are not my friend.

We spent this past weekend at my parents' Lakehouse. We had a pretty good time.

After being home sick all last week - except for Friday - Hayden was especially glad to escape the confines of our home.

Before heading home I thought it would be a good idea to give the kids a bath and while I was at it, check the kids for ticks.

While examining Hayden's head, I noticed something. Not a tick, but another insect. I wasn't sure what it was, but I was hoping I wouldn't find any more.

Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed.

I found many more "bugs" on Hayden's head. In a state of ignorant denial, I hoped that these bugs weren't lice. A quick online search dashed that hope as well.

Hayden had/has lice.

In reading various articles about head lice online, my favorite fact was that unless the infestation is heavy, it would be uncommon to see live lice crawling on the scalp. Well, apparently Hayden had/has a heavy lice infestation going on because prior to my search for ticks and the discovery of nearly 2 dozen full-grown adult lice, I had no idea of the "situation."

Apparently it's more common for the first symptom of head lice to be itching. The itching is caused by an allergic reaction to lice saliva - from them biting the host's scalp, because they are a parasite and rely on the host's blood to survive. The second most common symptom is the discovery of nits - which are lice eggs. I have learned SO much today as I have come to educate myself on head lice. Can you tell?

Anywho - we drove back from the lake, making a pit stop at Walgreens where we purchased an over-the-counter 3-in-1 lice treatment kit, and began our delousing adventure.

While combing through Hayden's hair with the provided delousing comb, I found this little beauty (in case anyone wanted a visual example of the offending parasite).

Providing a little perspective of the louse's size.

I found more than just that one during "the combing." From my initial discovery of the lice until now, I imagine I found about 40 adult lice and many more nymphs (non-adult, "baby" lice) and lot of nits. 

Meanwhile, Randy did a lot of vacuuming and started the laundry. Lots of laundry. 

Hayden also has an extensive "baby" collection (baby = stuffed animal). He probably has about 25-30 babies. Not wanting to wash them and potentially ruin them, they are now being quarantined in a garbage for 2 weeks (in our carport) until they can safely be reintroduced to our home.

Suffice it to say, head lice sucks! 

So far, Hayden is the only victim (although I keep feeling itchy and scratchy all over and am becoming increasingly more paranoid that I might also have lice). 

We will continue to check Hayden and ourselves over the next 2 weeks. Hopefully are delousing is and was successful. We shall see.

Monday, November 3, 2014

halloween 2014.

This past Friday was Halloween. Despite the cold temperature (I think it was about 40 degrees), we probably had about 500 trick or treaters. 

Knowing the actual day of Halloween was going to be really busy and that I might not be able to get focused, decent photos of the kiddos on the 31st, I took some pre-Halloween photos the week before. Those photos are below (it was much warmer October 24th!). Hayden was a minion (from Despicable Me) and Harper was a "princess fairy." She was not a fan of the wings though and come Halloween (as you will see in the next section of photos), she refused to wear the wings and tiara. She also didn't want to have anything to do with the wand/scepter on Halloween (we even had another pair of wings she could have used that were smaller and less cumbersome - but she quite simply was not going to wear them).

On Halloween, our friends - Don and Leslie - and their two kiddos - Jack and "Baby Keith" - joined us, as did Randy's Aunt Linda and his mom, Sheree. Our friend Dave also made an appearance. We had soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and other goodies, hung out and chatted, and passed out candy to hundreds of kids (and some adults...). 

It was definitely a Happy Halloween.