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Okay, seriously, wasn’t I JUST blogging about Logan’s fifth birthday??? Wasn’t this like a week ago? A couple months, tops?

And yet, here we are again, somehow a whole YEAR later.

The best part of Logan’s birthday this year was that David had the day off, so we spent the whole day together as a family. We started off with a trip to Krispy Kreme, just in time for the debut of their Halloween donuts!




We even got them for free, thanks to the kindness of the lady behind the counter. It probably helped that David is their mailman. ūüôā


It’s so much fun to watch the freshly fried donuts slide down the line and get showered with sugary glaze!

Our next stop was tumbling class. Logan and Carrie really enjoy being in class together. Their class of four kids consists of the two of them, their cousin, and one other kid. It’s a real family affair!




Even Kayla tried to get in on the action.


Next stop – lunch! Logan chose Burger King, which David and I were not thrilled about. So after we picked up BK for the kids, we headed to Moe’s for some burritos. There were several police officers in the parking lot, and David tried to convince Logan to come say hello to them. He was too shy, but Carrie wasn’t. They were very kind and even let Carrie sit on one of their bikes with the lights flashing!


The police officers laughed at me a little bit for having my camera at the ready. But it was Logan’s birthday, so of course I had my camera!

After lunch, we decided to take advantage of our Explorium membership. Did the kids want to go? Let’s just say we didn’t have to twist any arms…






The kids’ favorite room at the Explorium is the Bubble Room. They would happily spend all day there.







Eventually, though, it was time to go. When we got home, Aunt Janine was there with a present for Logan.



PUFFLES! Exactly what he wanted.

After dinner, it was time to head out to Logan’s t-ball game!




Running home. And then home we went, for more presents and the Baskin Robbins ice cream cake he’s been talking and dreaming about for months and months.




Happy Birthday to our wonderful big kid! We love you so much and can’t wait to see what the coming year holds for you. All our love, Mom and Dad.


Logan is way too young to lose a tooth. Doesn’t that only happen to big kids? He’s only FIVE! Okay, so his birthday is next week. Still.

Isn’t this the funniest picture? We had a little too much fun with the camera… ūüėČ


Me: Logan, can you spell “fuchsia”?

Logan: Umm… P-U-R-P-L-E.

Today Logan had a dentist appointment. He was a little nervous, but not nearly as scared as I was. He doesn’t remember his last visit to the dentist.

But I do. And I did not want¬†a repeat. Let me just say that there was screaming and vomit involved. (And he got upset too!)¬†And we were both¬†so traumatized that I took him home and didn’t¬†take him back. For three years. Yes, I’m a terrible mother.

But recently, he complained that his front teeth were hurting him. I thought maybe we weren’t brushing and flossing well enough, so we ramped up the oral hygiene. When that didn’t help, I swallowed my fear and scheduled him an appontment. Today was the day.

One thing I love about our pediatric dentistry practice is that they have no problem with parents¬†staying with their children through the entire visit. I’ve heard horror stories of places where parents are told they are not allowed to accompany their children. At our place, they do encourage parents to let their kids go alone, and I understand that most kids do just fine, but considering what we’d been through last time, and considering Logan’s unique circumstances and personality, I knew I needed to be there to be his advocate.

I was right to go with him. I made sure everything went smoothly – that he wasn’t forced to do the bitewing x-ray (pure torture for someone with oral sensory defensiveness) and he was allowed to spit into a cup rather than using the “spit sucker.” But all in all, I am so proud of how he acted. He was braver than I am¬†when I go to¬†the dentist. The pain turned out to be due to his two loose teeth – I didn’t even realize!¬†He didn’t have any cavities, and the dentist said his oral hygiene looks fantastic. I couldn’t help but be a little proud to hear that – it means I am doing a good job too!

But the best part came at the end, when they gave him his certificate of bravery. There was a coupon attached for a free kid’s meal at Chick Fil A. When the hygienist told him he’d get a free lunch, he said, “Oh, that’s good, because we’re low on money.”

I turned six shades of red and made a mental note: from now on, watch very carefully what I say in front of him!!!

Here is Kayla at the top of the elephant bed ladder. (I knew it was too much to hope that she could only climb the bottom rung.) She got here entirely on her own. The picture is taken up close because of course I had to be right there with one arm ready to catch her.


Fortunately, I can remove the ladder. Unfortunately, I cannot remove the couches.


I think it is time to wrap her in bubble wrap.

And by the way, can someone please, please, please remind her that SHE IS ONLY TEN MONTHS OLD AND HAS NO BUSINESS ENGAGING IN SUCH CLIMBING ACTIVITIES AS THESE?????

It may not last long enough even for me to type this sentence, but as of this moment, I am all by myself. The first moment of quiet alone time I’ve had for as long as I can remember. Everyone else in the house is asleep. Oh, sweet bliss!

No, you don’t understand. This… NEVER happens. Usually the baby wakes me up, so first thing in the morning I am caring for her. If I try to get up before her, she is awake within minutes. At bedtime,¬†she falls asleep in my arms (or next to me) and won’t sleep long without me. To demonstrate, she has just awoken; my moment is gone.¬†Still, this was amazing – she gave me enough time to shower, eat a bowl of cereal, start a load of laundry, and write a few sentences of this post.¬†Which¬†I’ll continue, even though she is awake.

Moments like this morning’s are rare, and I enjoy them quite a bit. However, having been through this twice before,¬†I’m fully aware of how short this phase is in my baby’s life. To me, the moments that she sleeps securely in my arms are precious.

Now the only problem is that she has fallen back asleep in my arms, and it’s time to get everyone ready for Logan’s t-ball ceremony…

Kayla is starting to spend a lot of time¬†practicing standing independently. I actually managed to get a picture…


And a video!

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