Wednesday, January 25, 2012

first dentist appointment

Yesterday I took Tristan to his first dentist appointment. Boy was this a fun experience! Aside from him having all of his teeth now, I started noticing he had a thin black line across all of his front teeth. Could he, in fact, be turning into a blueberry from all of those fresh blueberries we feed him? Perhaps that's what his teeth were telling us. So, I made the appointment for Tuesday late morning and prepared myself to have to watch Tristan and Bailey while working...this should be fun. I could have taken him to the daycare and then picked him up, taken him to the dentist, and then taken him back to daycare, but it didn't seem like it was worth it - until the day was over and I was exhausted. Here's a recap of the day's events:

Breakfast ~ Tristan and Bailey are eating breakfast at the table. Tristan keeps yelling, "Choc-late! Choc-late! Choc-late! Choc-late!" over and over again. My mistake to leave a bowl of candy in the center of the dining table on the table runner. "No, you can't have chocolate for breakfast." Choc-late? Choc-late!" I ignore his requests. Not even sure where he learned that word. Hmmmm.

I run upstairs for a few minutes to change my clothes and get ready for the day and when I come back downstairs, Tristan has pulled the table runner towards him, the vase with flowers has yogurt finger prints all over it, and he has eaten a few chocolates already. Really? "Bailey, do you know how he did this?" "What? I didn't see anything" and continues to play.

I clean up Tristan and I put them both in the living room to play while I work at my desk. All I kept hearing this morning was, "Tristan, leave me alone! Tristan, don't do that! Tristan, stop it!" Tristan is always trying to take toys from Bailey or grab onto her and play rough like he does with Daddy. Hmmmm.

I give them different toys to play with and go back to my desk to work. Everything is going fine and then I hear a loud crash! Great! I run to the front door stairs and Tristan has fallen down the stairs, landed on the ceramic tiles, tears flowing, and his toy car (the kind he rides) is on top of him. Bailey was no where in site. I picked him up and he quickly was fine. For the type of fall, I would have thought he would have cried for a much longer time...."Bailey! Did you see what happened?" "No, Aunt Nana, I didn't." Okay, great. Based on the evidence I came up with two assumptions: (1) Tristan tried to carry his car down the stairs while he was walking down the stairs or (2) the more likely cause, Tristan was trying to drive his car down the stairs. Hmmmm. So I remind Tristan to be careful and it's not safe to try to drive the car down the stairs.

Tristan and Bailey stay upstairs to play while I continue to work. About 15 minutes later, I hear Bailey start crying really loudly. What now? I run upstairs to find my son having cornered Bailey and is tormenting her by pulling her hair. Really? You are going to be that person? I told him no and that's not nice and for him to hug and kiss and tell Bailey sorry. He did, but I don't know when he'll stop being mean to her. I don't know if it's jealously or that she doesn't stick up for herself, but either way, we are not going to tolerate that type of behavior in our house. No sir! I put him in time out and he cried, but then went onto to play again after time out. Why do these things happen? It's so sad and I hope he learns from this quickly.

After the rescue, I came back upstairs to change his diaper. Do you have to go potty, "Uh-huh". Okay. (Someday this potty training thing will work.) So I change his diaper and get him dressed for the dentist appointment. After he gets dressed, he grabs the talking postcard from Grandma Kems and starts saying, "Gam-mah, Gam-mah, Gam-mah!" while twirling around in a circle before plopping on his bottom. He kept giggling over and over again. Probably because he knew he could say Grandma this whole time, but was slyly keeping it from us. This was the first time he had said it since this summer without being prompted.

We load up in the car - two car seats, snacks, and toys all for a ride to Target and then to the dentist. I had about 45 minutes to spare and they were losing their interest in being inside, so I took them to Target to pick up some more apple juice and bowls for our cabinet. (I just bought some new dinnerware and they didn't have all the pieces I needed at one Target, so I have to always look at other Targets to get the rest of the pieces so I have the entire set. I should have just gone with another company, or another set, but those Target gift cards from Christmas were too easy to use for this newly developed need.) We get to Target, split the popcorn into two bags so they could share, and headed to the food section. The only apple juice they have is some Tropicana type juice that's on sale. The man looked at me and said, "What kind are you looking for?" I said, "An organic brand." He looked through his pallets and pulled out the only other brand which was Simple Apple. I told him this was a much better choice than the Tropicana and I'll take that one. Then onto the bowls. They had the 6 other bowls we needed, but only 2 of the cereal bowls. Looks like I'll have to venture to another Target at another time to finish the set. Just need 6 more of the cereal bowls for the complete set.

"Fish?" Where do you see fish? "Fish?" as he points to the goldfish treats in the aisle. Really? You just had popcorn. These fish are only for special times....So I purchase them in anticipation of a horrible dentist visit.

Now onto the dentist. We arrive and there's a huge play area and playhouse that Bailey and Tristan LOVE. They are running around, playing with each other, being goof balls - all while we wait for our dentist visit. Then I hear a loud thud! I look up from my blackberry (I'm working remember?), and find Bailey at the bottom of the slide in tears because she fell down the slide. I rush to her side and make sure she's okay, and she said, "No." I asked her if we need to go to the hospital then, and she said, "No, I'm okay." She gets up and starts playing again. I see the raffle drawing at the counter to enter to win a movie night out....we could use one of those.....I need to fill out that form so we can enter the drawing.

We head back to the dentist office and she sits with us to discuss "our needs". I explain to her that I think my son is turning into a blueberry and that his teeth are stained from all that he eats. Tristan won't sit still in my arms, keeps squirming, and won't even pay attention to the "movie" they put on for the kids to watch while the parents speak with the dentist. She tells me that's he's probably going to scream, he's probably going to cry, and not to worry, nothing she's doing is hurting him, so I need to keep holding him down. Am I ready? Haha, yes, I am.

We get to the chair and the dentist tells Bailey to sit in the dentist chair and watch the movie with the headphones. She looks at me like she doesn't believe that she's not the one who will be getting worked on. I said, "No, Tristan will be sitting in my lap over here. You can sit in the big chair and watch the movie." On go the headphones and she's now oblivious to the world around her.

I lay Tristan down on my lap and hold his arms. The dentist starts cleaning his teeth and talking to me as if his screams and cries aren't even occurring. I try to pay attention to her while I see what she's doing and continue to hold the struggling Tristan. Thankfully the stain comes right off. The dentist finishes up and explains that his Poly-vi-sol may also play a role because of the iron in it. I told her I'll start putting it in his food instead of giving it straight to him in hopes to eliminate the stain in the future. I guess he didn't really turn into a blueberry, but nonetheless, we are going to take more precautions when feeding him all of these healthy foods. I already have decided to eliminate the organic acai juice that he drinks daily since it's just as dark as the blueberries.

We head home and I feed them (I forgot the enter the drawing) and then put them both down for a nap. I head back to my desk to start working again and I remember feeling a sigh of relief that I couldn't believe it was actually silent. I was exhausted.

After they wake up, Bailey and Tristan get in the fridge for a snack. Tristan grabs the blueberries and Bailey says, "Tristan, you can't have blueberries!" So he bites her arm. She screams. Seriously? I grab him, tell him no sir. That's not nice. You don't bite people. You tell Bailey you are sorry for hurting her and give her a hug. He does and then heads to time out. I really hope this doesn't last much longer.

Later that evening when Nathan returned home, we dropped Christine to pick up her car and then headed to gymnastics class. On the way to class, Tristan spoke with Grammy Walts on the phone and told her all the new words he has learned. It was nice to talk to her again and I'm glad Tristan gets to hear her voice again!

We arrive at gymnastics and I couldn't even hardly stay awake. I kept yawning and not participating that much in the activities. Nathan had to keep handing Tristan to me to do the activities because I was so dazed. He kept saying, "Mommy is a tired Mommy."

We come home from gymnastics, I put the rolls in the oven, the steak soup was already prepared and ready (thank God for crock pots) and everyone gets fed. Tristan also skypes with Grandma Kems while we all eat. It was fun catching up with her today too. Tristan loves to skype with his grandparents and looks forward to it every time.

However, I was dragging......fell asleep on the couch while the kids were playing, next thing I know, I hear Nathan upstairs from the monitor reading to Tristan and I knew it was bed time. I gave him a kiss and told Nathan I was exhausted and went to bed.

To think, if I had just taken Tristan to daycare, then picked him up before the dentist appointment, and then taken him back to daycare after the dentist appointment, I would never had such a rough, tiring day. How could I even do this on a daily basis and work ~ I wouldn't think of it! How does anything get done? I know some people juggle both so they don't have to pay for daycare. I could never do it. It's too much. I told Nathan I never want to be a stay at home mom ~ at least not in that capacity (two kids and working). But I did get 10 hours of sleep last night from going to bed so early. Damn! I left the diapers in the dryer.

gam-mah, gam-mah, gam-mah!

Yesterday Tristan was looking at the postcard from Grandma Kems on his shelf, grabbed it, kissed it, and started yelling, "Gam-mah, Gam-mah, Gam-mah!" and twirling around in circles and giggling at himself. I guess he knew he was going to skype with Grandma last night and was excited to see her again.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Lately Tristan has become increasingly interested in firemen, fire trucks, and a show on Sprout called Fireman Sam. It's just a ten minute show that he watches now and then, but he is enamoured by it!

Fire-nan? Fire-nan? Fire-nan? Fire-nan! 

He says this all day long to us so that he can watch his fire-nan show. We eventually give in.....sometimes. :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

lost pics from miami

View from our room.

Daniel hiding from a picture, as always.

Tired already?

Still hiding?


Semi-smile. :)

He's trying....


Ya, I'm a goof! :)

I'm almost as big as Uncle Daniel.

That's so cool, Mommy!

Morning walks on the beach....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

cute pics

At the mall one day when Daddy was on a business trip. He loved eating the Chinese food and putting it from one side of the container to the other side.

Loving his Gro Gro. (Thanks Steve and Sarah!)

Hiding from "The Monster at the End of the Book" on the iPad.

Chilling with a newsie, tie, and carnigan sweater.

Train watching at the White House.

Train watching at the fire station.

Rocking out with a guitar at Target.

Sitting in the tub with Gideon waiting for Mommy to pull them around the house again.

fun pics

Okay, I'm out.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

kems family christmas day!!

I love this time of year, every year! It's when all of the Kems siblings get together with mom and a few close friends to celebrate Christmas and exchange gifts. Since our family is so large, everyone only buys gifts for the children (I feel bad for Uncle Daniel on this one) and then we do both a Secret Santa gift exchange and a white elephant exchange for the adults. This is the fun part. Everyone sits around, making jokes, hanging out ~ being a family. We fight over who gets the best white elephant gift and secretly wonder who our Secret Santa is. (Some people already know who has who because they end up getting others to say certain things about other family members because some people still feel like they have to buy a gift for everyone for Christmas even know they don't have to ~ MOM.) Maybe you should be left off the Secret Santa exchange next year since you already buy for everyone anyway. :)

Normally we make a big 'ole meal, but this year, we stuck with a potluck dinner where everyone contributed. Lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (I wish I would have made the noodles with my new pasta maker and brought them to KS with me), garlic bread, salad, spinach dip, and green bean casserole. The desserts were blackberry pie and apple crisp - YUM!

Everyone enjoyed spending time together and the gift exchange was so much fun! Especially the white elephant exchange. I was worried we'd be stuck with a blue sequined Vodka cover again (thanks Jarrett - 2010), but we didn't and picked a 2000 digital camera that hold 5 pictures (thanks Jon) and a gift set of lotions and bubble bath.

I can't wait to figure out what I'm going to use as a white elephant next year.....hehehe.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

new year's resolution


If you make only one resolution this year, let it be to live boldly.

You control this moment: Rather than cautiously test the water, dive straight into life with freeing abandon.

Imagine the person you want to be and the life you want to live, then simply commit to them.

Believe in yourself.

Embrace your beauty.

Discover a new passion.

And whatever you do, where you go, don't be afraid to make a splash.

                          ~Self Magazine

on the road again....

Nathan and I travel so often with Tristan, that it has become second nature to us. We laugh when people who rarely travel cannot do anything for 2-3 days prior to their trip because they are packing! We can pack our entire family's bags in less than an hour. We have it down to the perfect science, we would say.

Off to Kansas for ten days. We left the morning of New Year's Eve to arrive at one of the smallest airports we encounter frequently - MCI.'s cold! Tristan did fairly well on the plane ride...he is getting used to being confined for three hours with tons of snacks, games, toys, and his favorite ~ walking up and down the aisles saying hello to all the passengers and flirting with the flight attendants.

Dec 31st: So many things to do while back in KS this week! Let's see...Brooke and I started out by going over to the Hedges household to bring them their final donations. They are so grateful to everyone who was able to help contribute in ANY way to their tragedy. They are keeping their head held high and spirits in tact. Poor little Rowan was sad to find out that all of her Build-a-Bears were NOT going to make it. I told Angie that I could mail some stuffed animals to her when I returned back to Baltimore.

Hedges Family Fund ~ If you want to still make a donation of any kind, please private message me what you want to do and I will make sure they get it. We were able to raise $1300 and they received many items for their family to use. If you'd still like to donate, items they need include kitchen items such as dishes, cups, utensils, pots, pans, bakeware, bed linens and pillows, towels, washcloths, and toiletries. It was amazing how many people were able to help who told me that they had very little to begin with. It's great to see so many people pay it forward.

We ended the day with a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration with many friends and family members at the Yard House at the Legends. It was so great catching up with everyone and encouraging everyone to bring their best into the NEW YEAR! We would have liked to see everyone and wished more could have joined us, but we understand if you already had plans. :)

Jan 1st: Happy New Year? Wait not for Nathan. He was super sick the next day ~ and it wasn't because he stayed out too late or drank too much. He was testing his limits to begin with by going out since he was feeling a little itchy earlier in the day. But he drank his OJ an tried E-mergen-C and he's all better the next day. We were just lucky that Tristan and I didn't catch anything too.

Jan 2nd: Playdate plans got cancelled with Jordan, Kylie, and Ana because they got sick. Makes me sad. :( But hopefully they'll be well enough to hang out another time before we leave! Fingers crossed!

Bailey turns FIVE! She's so grown up! Really her birthday was in December, but her parents threw her a party on the 2nd so all her friends and family could be there to celebrate! It was a My Little Pony themed party and Christine and Jarrett did a great job setting it all up! Every gift she opened, she said, "I've always wanted this!" It didn't seem to matter what it even was. She was dressed up so cute and they even had a My Little Pony coloring contest for prizes. The funny part is that there weren't any little girls at the party, just all boys. So all of the boys, incuding Brea, were competing for the best My Little Pony picture. Everyone showcased their pictures very well to the audience, including Brea again, and then the judge (Uncle Daniel), advised of the winner ~ EVERYONE!

Getting prepared for the party!

We colored sprite in a star mold and froze to make many different colors in the punch. Unfortunately, the colors all ran together and turned the punch to puce! But the stars were still cute!

Candy buffet to go and mini cupcake decorating!

Look at that glam girl!
She had her own little cupcake to herself!

Jan 2nd continued: Off to KC to visit with Uncle Sterling and Aunt Amy for dinner at the 810 Sports Cafe in Leawood. What an experience! All the boys wanted to do was run around. Wait, all Tristan wanted to do was run around!

Aunt Amy made Tristan a cute "I Spy" toy out of felt, various buttons, and rice. She even embroidered it with his name. It is so cute that it is beyond words. I told her she should start selling them for some easy and fun cash....Colton is too cute for words! He made a point to say, "Aunt Nana, I love you so much and I'm so glad you got to spend the evening with me. Thanks for bringing cousin Tristan too!" (Okay not really, but I know he was thinking it.)

We visited for a little while, had dinner, and then headed to the hotel to put Tristan down for bed. Wish we could have spent more time with them! So sad to depart. :(

Jan 3rd: Gideon turns TWO!! I was so happy that Tristan and I were able to celebrate Gideon's birthday with him and Tara at Grandma and Pa Davis' house. As soon as Gideon was picked up from daycare and he saw me, he said "Aunt Nah-nah" (this really did happen). It's so heartwarming to know that he knows who I am even though I'm so far away! Yea to Mommy for reminding him of who his family is. :) Kisses and hugs to the little man. He is so sweet!

During the birthday celebration, I love how the two boys were not using their hands to eat the cupcake, but were bending over to eat it with only their mouth. Gideon eventually tore his cupcake apart and picked it up to eat it. So messy those two were....we we put them in the bathtub together to get them cleaned up.

Jan 3rd continued: So Tristan's hair has been a little long for a while and we really don't know what kind of hairstyle we want him to have. Nathan and I have been toying with the idea of cutting it, but are not sure what will come of it. We don't want him to have a mullet, but we also don't want him to have a bowl cut either. How do we manage to keep his hair long without doing either of the two? Ask Aunt Tara to cut it. Granted she's not a child hair stylist, nonetheless, we were going to try this thing.

Soooo here goes...

Bribing with peanut butter snacks....
Bribing with the thermostat...what is that?
Wait! What are you doing to me?


All done! Thanks Aunt Tara!
Jan 4th and 5th: Tristan and I stayed with Grandma and Pa Davis while Daddy attended a conference in KC. They were also able to watch Tristan all week so that I could work too. It's crazy trying to catch up on everything when you've been off work for almost two weeks!  Grandma and Pa Davis were fabulous - as always - with helping with Tristan, making meals, picking us up late in the evening, or just being there to visit and talk with. We all love you so much and are so happy to spend as much time as we can with you. Thanks again for the Vegas help too!

Jan 5th: I was able to have lunch with an old friend, Mandy Fields. It was nice to catch up with her and I really wish I had  more time. My hour lunch break went by too fast! I also started to receive many requests for Modifire business. I can't believe how many people need my services. This is fantastic!

Jan 6th: Ashea's birthday party! Fun, fun! (That's all I'm going to say about that.)

Jan 7th: Kems Family Christmas Day!!  This day deserves its own blog post - check it out. :)
Jan 7th continued: After the Christmas celebration, we headed to Steve and Sarah's house to spend time with them and their family. Alex has gotten sooo big and he's so lovable! They took us to a new place we've never been - Zen Zero - which was fabulous. Although our waiter was a dud, this place is definitely going to be a new favorite of mine when I come back to town. We were also able to finalize our guardianship status for Tristan by speaking with Amy and Sterling and Steve and Sarah - who were willing and able to fulfill our wishes for Tristan if anything were to ever happen to us. He's going to be in very special hands if anything ever happens to us!
Jan 8th: We started out the morning with Tristan waking up Steve, Sarah, and Alex (don't blame him ~ he's still on East coast time!), but then headed out to have a wonderful breakfast at the Global Cafe. That place is so good! We took a later flight today ~ normally it's the first one of the day, but the afternoon flight is what worked for us this time. We spent some more time with the Miles and then headed by to Baltimore by noontime. It was such an AWESOME visit this time around. We missed out on some people who weren't able to visit, but spent a lot of time with others who were able to.

Isn't he just too cute?

Now for the fun adventures to come with Bailey living with us....hopefully with Tristan and her together, it will give me a few things to write about. Oh ya, and with sweet Nicole visiting too, I bet I'll have a few things to write about. :)