Monday, May 25, 2009

What is Black & Blue and Red all over?


Keagan had quite the weekend with lots of "mishaps". It all started on Friday night, we were at Ross looking for some sandles for Keagan. Andrew was sitting Keagan down to try on a couple pairs of shoes when Andrew noticed some blood on his shorts. He then noticed that Keagan's hand was bleeding right where his wart is/was. It seemed as if his wart got caught on something and torn off and it started bleeding like crazy. Lots of toilet paper, applying preasure and two bandaids later, we finally had it under control.

Then came Saturday. After breakfast Andrew and Keagan went out to Anna's house (Andrew's sister) to pick up our seeds and starts to plant in our garden. They got back, I applied sunscreen on Keagan's arms, legs, face, neck and ears. I was so proud of myself for remembering sunscreen. We decided to have some lunch first. As we were going outside, the neighbor kids came over and we decided to get out some water toys. Keagan changed into his swimtrunks & took his shirt off. An hour or so later, Andrew and I looked at him and said to each other, did we put sunscreen on the rest of him? I immediatly got the sunscreen and put some on, but of course it was too late. That night, his shoulders, back and chest were quite red.

As for Sunday, we made it through the day without any mishaps until about 30 minutes before bedtime. We walked over to our other neighbor's house to see their new little baby boy and take them some treats. As we were leaving their house, Keagan decided he wanted to walk with his hands in his pockets. He then proceeded to trip and fall. Since his hands were in his pocket, he hit head first right on the concrete. We ended up carrying him home while he screamed. He now has quite the scratches, bumps and bruises on the left side of his face from his hairline, down to his cheekbone.

Poor kid. I really hope this is the end of it for a while. Just to document...Here are a few pictures of his sunburn (taken Sunday night) and his face (taken Monday morning).

Whirlwind Monday Morning

We are trying to get everything ready to go on a week long vacation and with Andrew working in the afternoon/evening, we have to cram a lot into the mornings. This morning we decided to wash the van and cut Keagan and Andrew's hair.

We started with washing the van. While Andrew was using his preasure washer to to get the van all wet, Keagan ran into the garage, got out his little car and told daddy that his car needed to be washed too. I thought it was pretty funny to see Andrew washing the little car, so I decided to get the camera out.

After we finished washing the van, I cut Keagan's hair. This was the first time that I have cut it. Before that, my Mom did it a couple times and one time I took him somewhere to get it done. It actually went really well. It is always fun to look down at the floor after his hair is cut, because there is lots of hair all in little circles.

The hair on the floor

My boys and their new haircuts (except Deker didn't get his hair cut)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I have been trying to venture into the wide world of Couponing. I have spent a few months gathering coupons, reading great coupon blogs and websites and trying a few little sales here and there. It is such a great feeling when I can come home and have lots of grocerys for super cheep.

A week a half ago, I went to Walgreens and ended up getting some really good deals on stuff. I was able to get a blood glucose meter (which I will donate), 2 big things of laundry detergent, wrapping paper, 4 boxes of Bandaids and some breath mints for $14. When I came home that night, I was so excited about the good deals I got. I wish I had taken a picture of it all, but I didn't.

Today, I went on another couponing trip, this time to Albertsons. Here is what I bought:
3 dozen Large eggs
4 boxes Ritz crackers
1 box family size Triscuts
1 box family size Wheat Things
4 boxes bagelfuls
10 bottles BBQ sauce
10 Kraft Easy Mac Cups
10 boxes Pasta Salad & pasta roni
Before using my prefered card and coupons, I would have spent $101. But with coupons and everything, I only spent $23. Plus I got $3 back to use on my next purchase.
Because of the good deals that I had been getting, I decided that I wanted to make a coupon binder. Thanks to my friends Jenn and Shelley, I was able to make one for really cheap. It is so much easier going grocery shopping now because I have all my coupons nice and organized. If you need some help couponing, there are some great links on the side of my blog.

How man kids can fit in the Bathtub?

We absolutely love it when we have family come and visit us. Last week, my sister Marie, her husband Joe and their two youngest, Brenna & Braelynn who are 9 days younger than Keagan came up for a short visit. We had a lot of fun with them. Keagan enjoyed having people his age around to play with and boss around. On Thursday we all went to Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine. If you live in Boise and haven't been, you really should. It is so much fun. It is decorated with a car in the middle, shower curtain dividers, old car parts, etc.

On Thursday night, all the kids needed baths. We decided to put all four kids in together (3 - 3 year olds and a 10 month. It was a little crowded, but they didn't seem to mind.
Thank you for coming up to visit, Marie & Joe, we had a great time!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Keagan Turns 3

Yesterday, May 5, was Keagan's 3rd birthday. Because Andrew had to work all afternoon and evening, we really wanted the morning to be as special as possible. I went to the store before Keagan woke up and got him some balloons that he saw as soon as he came down the stairs. He was so very excited about having balloons.
The day before, Keagan got cards & presents in the mail from both sets of grandparents, so we had him open those before breakfast, his grandma & grandpa Picanco sent him a card and a tie and his grandma & grandpa Smith sent him a card with 3 $1 bills in it (they are also giving him a wagon, but it hasn't arrived yet).
Then, because I couldn't wait any longer, we gave him his present from us....His very first bike. He was beyond excited about it. Andrew and Keagan started putting it together while I made breakfast. If you look in the bottom, left hand corner of the second picture, you will see Deker trying to get in on some of the bike action.
We had pancakes for breakfast. I made Keagan's pancake in the shape of a three, which he thought was pretty fun.

After breakfast, Keagan couldn't wait to go outside and ride his bike. We managed to get him to wait for a little bit. After a little while, we called our next door neighbors, the Dallings, and Aislyn, who is 5, came over and Keagan and Aislyn rode bikes in our driveway for a while. After Keagan woke up from his nap, the first thing he said to me when I opened his door was "Can I go ride my bike more?". For dinner, we went to Carl's Jr. (it is really close to Andrew's work and has a playplace) some friends and family came as well. The kids had a good time playing in the playarea. Then, when Andrew came by for his dinner break, we had cake and ice cream and Keagan opened his last two presents. Our good friends, Dan and Angela gave Keagan a really cool seal that you hook up to a water hose and is shoots water out the top. I can't wait for some nice warm weather so we can get it out and play with it. Then Keagan Aunt Anna and Uncle Chris gave him an awesome Thomas the Train book.

When I asked Keagan what kind of cake he wanted, he told me he wanted a Gordon (from Thomas & Friends) cake. I thought, oh great. So I went to the Internet and found lots of good ideas. This is what Andrew and I came up with. We decided to make the Island of Sodor (where the trains live). We used two 9x13 cakes, frosted the majority white and put green sprinkles on for grass. Then we frosted the edge blue for the water. We made a tunnel using my Sister-in-law Matti's recipe for White Chocolate Popcorn (click on the link for the recipe) used milk chocolate chips so it would look more like dirt. I then piped on tracks, added Gordon and his coal car and ta-da. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

The birthday boy with his cake

I am so grateful that Keagan is a part of our family. I couldn't imagine life without him. We Love you, Keagan and we are excited to see all the new things you are going to learn in the coming year.

Deker Update

I realized the other day that I haven't posted about some of the things that Deker has been learning/doing for a while. But I wanted to make sure that I have it "written" down, so here it goes....

First tooth--At 10 1/2 months old, Deker cut is first tooth on Monday (May 4). It is one of the middle teeth on the top. Andrew is now calling him our one tooth beaver.

Crawling--Within the past couple of weeks, Deker has mastered the art of the army crawl. In past couple of days, he will get up on his hands a knees, crawl a few steps then decide it is faster to army crawl and proceeds to do that instead.

Sitting--This weekend, Deker started practicing going from laying on the floor to sitting up. Now almost everytime we go in to get him up, he will be sitting up in his bed.
Eating Everything--If he sees someone eating or drinking, he wants to eat or drink it too. He doesn't really like water unless is is from the cup that Daddy or mommy is drinking out of.