Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I looked out the window and what did I see?

The other day the kids and I were reading books in the front room. I turned and looked out the window as someone ran past the house and hid in the bushes across the street. I pointed them out to the kids and we watched them for a while.
This was from across the street.
This girl ran across the street and laid down in our front yard. The kids were really going crazy.
I think she saw me taking pictures of her, because she looked right as me as she hid behind our tree in the front yard.

They fired a few shots at who knows who and my kids wanted to go outside to get a better look but I didn't let them. As far as I can tell, they were just a group of kids playing army and we had the best trees to hid behind.

I wasn't thrilled with the idea of these guys hanging out in my yard with Bebe (Is that how you spell it?) guns or whatever they were using and shooting it at people, but they did any way. After a bit we left and went to the Library. There were about 5 more kids in their "Army Clothes" and guns walking on the street. They didn't look as official as these two did and that is how I came to the decision they were just a bunch of kids playing around.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ouch

Yesterday just as I was stepping into the shower, Ellis started crying. He ran to tell me that he had fallen, I thought he said off a chair. His mouth was bleeding a bit and I asked Mia to help him get a drink to take care of the blood. As we were getting ready for swimming lessons, Ellis was just crying and really seemed to be in pain. I asked him if I could see his mouth and he let me. I had intended to just look at his lip, but when I lifted his lip I noticed that his teeth had been adjusted. When he fell, he had hit his front teeth and one of them went up, into his gums and twisted a bit. He had blood all around his teeth and I thought, "No wonder he is crying so much." I gave him some Tylenol and called our dentist only to discover that they were closed on Mondays. There was a number to call for emergency or "if your child is in a lot of pain" which I called. I had to leave a message and then headed out to swimming lessons with the kids.

Just as we got to the very noisy pool the dentist called back. I took Gordon and Ellis back outside so that I could talk to him. He was very nice when he asked me what happened and I had to tell him that I didn't know because I was just getting ready for the shower. I tried to tell him what Ellis had told me, but I was still trying to make sense of that myself. He told me that since the teeth were knocked out, but were just pushed up they would likely just correct themselves. He also wanted Ellis to come in to be checked out in a couple of weeks.

When I asked Ellis about his teeth and what hurt, he pointed to the sunken one and said, "This hurts." He pointed to a different tooth and said, "This doesn't hurt" (back to the sore one) "just this one.

He hasn't sucked his thumb since this happened. I wonder if this will be the beginning of breaking the habit for him.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Growing Up

A couple of things that should not go unmentioned happened today:

*Gordon counted to 100 today without asking me, "What comes after 29? What comes after 39? etc"

*Gordon came downstairs and showed me that he had written his name. I asked to take a picture of it, but he wouldn't let me. He has been able to spell his name for a long time and he has written his name when I sat next to him, showing him how to form the letters but today he wrote it 100% on his own.

*Ellis is potty training. Last night while he was sitting on the toilet I told him that I wanted him go yucky (I guess he calls his BM yucky because that is what I said whenever I changed his diaper.) in the toilet. He looked at me for a minute and said, "I can do that!" And he did. He has been wearing underwear since Monday.