I finally decided to get Sagen's hair cut. I was getting tired of it getting all knotted and getting stuck in his collar. It also would get very fluffy when I brushed it. So I bit the bullet and had my mom cut it. Here is the before and after.
I am very happy with it. He looks like such a big boy!
We are VERY excited about Christmas this year. We are doing a lot of special things so we cannot wait. We are going on the Polar Express then we are heading to Iowa to see EVERYONE!! We have not been with that side of the family for Christmas for 7 years. In that time 5 babies have been born. Four of those "babies" who range from 1-5 years old (we will miss Kadin) along with Rachel (who WAS around the last time we were all together) will be there and that will make Christmas extra special this year. I am picturing it being just like when we were all little. It was LOUD, CHAOTIC and WONDERFUL!!! I cannot wait! All these things to look forward to have gotten us into the Christmas spirit a little early. We started listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies right after Halloween. This weekend we put up our tree. Sagen was really amazed by the tree. He knows what a Christmas tree is, but I don't think he remembers us having one. He kept saying "Wow! What's it's name?" We have named it Sagen. Here are some pictures of the decorating. More pics of the finished product with us in front of it will follow.
Sagen using the ladder to hang an ornament. The Ladder was a bigger hit with both of them then the tree!
Lorelei showing off the ballerina ornament that Ms. Toni gave her. She can even tell you that the ballerina is doing a Passe.
Hanging the ballerina on the tree.
Lorelei was REALLY into this year. Sagen liked the tree, but would rather climb the ladder then hang ornaments.
We had a great Halloween. Both kids really "got it" this year and have been excited ALL MONTH. We spent the afternoon carving our pumpkins and then our friends came over to go trick or treating. We went all over the neighborhood and the kids got a lot of candy. They were really talkative with the people giving out the candy and answered questions about their costumes. Sagen told everybody that he was a dragon whether they ask or not! Most importantly they remembered to say THANK-YOU at every house. Sagen was funny cause he would say, "thank-you" then he would turn to me and say, "Mama, I said Thank-you to that guy!"
Getting ready to carve the pumpkins.
Getting the "pulp" (a term Lorelei learned at school) out. At this point Sagen was not interested.
Sagen realized that we were making a mess and decided he wanted to help. He kept getting seeds stuck to his foot so he was mad.
Very Proud of their pumpkins.
Our children are GOOFBALLS. I THINK they get that from their dad!
Eating "sour kids" with the pumpkins.
Pumpkins on display! Lorelei drew the eyes on all of these pumpkins.
We took a trip to the pumpkin patch today. It was a lot of fun! Sagen and Lorelei both had a blast and the weather was pretty nice. I could have dealt with about 5 degrees cooler, but LAST weekend people visited the same pumpkin patch and 105 degrees so I will take 80something ANY DAY!
Playing on the hay bales.
Gabby and Lorelei. They have been friends since Lorelei was 22 months old and Gabby was just over 2.
Sagen contemplating which pumpkin to pick.
Lorelei choosing her pumpkin!
I don't think she would scare many crows with her cute face!
I don't think he would either!
All the kids (minus the newborn) posing as animals!
Somehow, someway, someday Sagen CHIPPED HIS TOOTH! I am SICK about it. He has a dentist appointment on the 1st on November and they will tell us what we need to do. I am sort of hoping we can do nothing since it is a baby tooth, but I am also sort of hoping the fix it. Ugh!
It is not QUITE as bad as it looks in the picture. It is his left top tooth. It kinda looks like it is both front teeth in this picture, but his front teeth are shaped kind of funny so that is why it looks like that. As you can tell he was NOT happy that I took a picture of it.
I have gotten REALLY behind in posting. School started and I just got to busy. I will make up for it today. I will give you a rundown on what we have been doing. The most exciting picture for me is at the bottom.
Lorelei had her first day of 4 y/o preschool. Her mommy had her first panic attack about Kindergarten next year! I can't believe she has gotten so big.
We went on a trip to the zoo with Lorelei's friend Jenica. Jenica's mom use to work with Brian and I and Lorelei and Jenica were in preschool together since they were 2. Jenica's mommy had another baby and was able to stay home with girls (LUCKY DUCK). Lorelei and Jenica miss each other a ton so it is nice to get them together every once and a while.
Fall came (though you wouldn't have known it for a while since it was still HOT) and we took a trip to the apple orchard. The kids had a great time picking apples, eating apple pie, and playing with their friends.
On Labor day we joined our friends Angelina and Daniel (and their mom Lori) at the Children's Museum. They were having a Go Green day so there were a lot of fun activities and music. The kids had a blast and Sagen no request to see "Dan-el and Lina" every time we go to the Children's Museum.
Our friends Heather and Elvis had a baby boy at the end of September. Heather had come to out house to pick up a shower gift and SHE WAS IN LABOR. It worked out well because their first baby boy, Connor, was suppose to stay with us while she had the new baby. So Heather said goodbye and Conner and she and I jumped in the van to get her to the hospital. Connor stayed with us and we were parents of three for the weekend. It was a lot of work :P . While Connor was here we went on the "Tucson Light the Night" walk with our friend Toni. It was a Lymphoma walk. We were part of "Toni's Team Hope". It was a very neat walk. We used lighted balloons to light the night.
The next weekend we finally got to meet the new baby, Tanner. Sagen and Lorelei are IN LOVE with him. They kept arguing over who got to hold him. HERE IS THE MOST EXCITING NEWS OF ALL.................... Sagen is about 90% potty trained!!!! He is in undies during all waking hours. We are still taking him potty rather then him telling us, but he stays dry MOST of the time. He still hasn't mastered pooping on the potty, but we are working on that. He USUALLY poopies before we get his diaper off in the morning.
Hoped you like our little update. Hopefully I will be better about posting in the future.
Today Lorelei had to go have a test to see if she still had urinary reflux (she doesn't). It is a test that involves inserting a catheter and filling up her bladder. Needless to say, it is NOT a fun test. We talked about it a lot and I had promised her if she did a good job (i.e. not jump off the table or kick the nurse in the face) she could get her ears pierced. She did a VERY good job so after the test off we went. She was also a very big girl when she got her ears pierced. She cried a little, but overall was very, very brave.
Choosing her earrings.
Waiting (and YES that is a blackeye that she has. she opened her dresser drawer into her eye!) Right after with her lollipop! Another after shot. It is really hard to get a good picture! Sagen found ways to pass the time while she was getting her ear pierced!