Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Faye and Drew started Tumblebug classes today. They were so excited all afternoon they couldn't nap and even woke up Alex from his nap early (he's been very cranky since then which is unusual for him). When I suggested to Faye and Drew that they change their clothes before class.. BAM.. it was done almost instantaneously. It is amazing how quickly they can get something done when they want to. The gym director suggested that girls wear leotards and boys should wear gym shorts and a t-shirt. Faye has a few of my old leotards, but they were all long sleeved so I found her this short sleeved leotard at Target. She couldn't wait to put that on!! She does look so cute!!

The class is very small, only 3 kids, but they loved it! They are stretching in this photo. They also practiced front and back somersaults, and jumping on the trampoline. They had a great time and can't wait to go back! The class is only 2x a week for two weeks, so it is a very short class and expensive too in my opinion! I'm sure they'll both love it and ask to keep going.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Harvest Moon

Saturday night we took the kids to the Harvest Moon Drive-In theater in Gibson City. Andy and I really wanted to see the new Harry Potter movie, but we don't have a baby sitter and the kids are terrified of the Harry Potter movies. I can understand why, they are rather dark and spooky movies. But my kids, Drew especially, are scared of even most children's movies. Drew couldn't watch Toy Story, Monsters, Kung Fu Panda, and many others without being scared. Hopefully he will grow out of that before too long. I love to watch movies and we are very limited to what we can watch together right now. Mostly they watch Winnie the Pooh or Little Einsteins when we watch a movie. So we decided to try the drive-in theater. The kids can sit in the back of our van and watch their movie on our Eee pc, Alex can play or sleep, and we can watch a movie. It worked almost perfectly...

The movie didn't start until about 9pm, and it was a long one! Two and a half hours I think, plus there was at least a 20 minute intermission. I'm sure it was midnight before we were leaving Gibson City. The kids were all tired, but fell asleep on the way home. Alex got a little fussy about 30 minutes into the movie, so I strapped him into my backpack and walked around outside until he fell asleep. He slept almost entirely through the movie, only waking a few times and then going right back to sleep. The kids sat in the back and watched Winnie the Pooh and Little Einsteins using their headphones.. and had quite a few snacks as well. I had to vacuum out the van this morning, but it was worth it!

Harvest moon was really awesome. I have gone to a drive-in movie before, but when I was very little so I don't remember it. So this was like a 1st experience for me. We arrived a little after 8pm to get settled - and it was quite full already. The kids and I walked around to check things out and found a carousel - a very old and rickety carousel from the 40's. They rode that 2 times and had a blast. The whole vibe of the place reminded me of scenes from a few movies - One Crazy Summer and Twister. Both of those movies had drive-in scenes and it was just the same here. It was really cool. The concession stand had neon all the way around the top, and a car in front of us had neon lights that flashed to the sound of the movie. It was a great experience!! We'll be going back again this summer - hopefully to see a children's movie the kids will love!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Colton Michael

He's finally here - Colton Michael Henson arrived yesterday, July 16th at 5:13 pm (I think anyways)!!! He is the much anticiapted son of Billie Jo and Mike Henson. Billie Jo was due on Andy's birthday, July 10th, but he was a no show. She went to the hospital on July 15th at midnight to be induced. He weighed in at 9lbs 7oz and is 22 inches long. Congratulations to the Henson Family!!! Here's a photo of the proud daddy holding Colton.

I visited them this evening in Bloomington along with another friend of Billie Jo's, and both the mommy and baby are doing well. He is an adorable baby and barely cried the whole time I was there. Alex was the same when he was born, so hopefully they will have a laid back easy baby like we have!!! We are all so happy for them!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


I took Alex to his 1 year well baby checkup this week. He weighed in at 20lb 15 oz, which to me seems like a lot, but he is only in the 20th percentile for his weight. He was 30 1/2 inches tall, which puts him close to the 70th percentile for height, and I don't remember how big his head was, but it also measured in or close to the 70th percentile. So yes he is a tall and skinny baby with a big head, but I knew that before we went.

He received 3 vaccines, one for Hepatitis A, one for Chicken Pox, and one for Pneumococcal I believe. The nurse always administers the vaccines after we see the doctor - and of course Alex is just smiling away happy as can be as the nurse walks into the room, which makes it harder on the nurse to give the shots. But she does, first one and then another in the same leg, and nope, no crying. But he really started giving her a look. Then she did the 3rd shot in the next leg and still he didn't cry, but I could tell he was really really ticked at her. I picked him up and he just stared and stared at the nurse, giving her really dirty looks. He refused to smile or wave goodbye, but well I can't really blame him for that. I'm sure it did hurt. But it was so funny too - I've never seen him so angry at someone before.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


I realize I have not been very good about blogging lately. Well, my excuse is that I've been busy. Busy with 3 kids and swim lessons and preschool and summer. Trying to enjoy every second of summer before the awful winter is here again! Can you tell that I am not a fan of winter? I love love love warm weather, the warmer the better for me. I won't hardly dip my toe in the outdoor pool unless the temperature outside is at least 90 degrees, or I'd freeze. Seriously. And I hate air conditioning. Why is it that in winter everyone runs their heat to keep it warm, and then as soon as it is warm the AC is turned on and it is freezing? (not to mention that is a terrible waste of energy). I shop as quickly as I can in the summer, and only eat at restaurants that have outdoor seating as much as possible, or I freeze. Andy and I went out a few nights ago for dinner, and I had to wear long pants and a sweatshirt and I was still cold and shivering. Something is wrong with that!!

I've also been busy having a birthday party for Alex who turned one last week. He had a good party and was very tired out! Thanks to everyone for the birthday cards and money and presents he received! I celebrated my 30th this week, and Andy will also turn 30 tomorrow. Andy thinks it is hilarious that I am 30 and he is still only 29. It doesn't matter to him that it is only 3 days between our birthdays. He has been rubbing it in over and over that I am old and he is so young. Thanks honey. Tomorrow you will be 'old' too. But the one good thing about being 3 days older is that means I get to make all the big decisions since I am the oldest, right? I'm certain that is how it works.

When we were in our early 20's, 30 of course sounded so old. But now that it is here, it really doesn't seem that bad! I don't know if I look or act 30, but I certainly don't feel any different than I did 5 years ago. A little wiser maybe? Hopefully. I think my 30's may be the best decade yet. I know more about myself and what I like now, and I don't care as much what people think about me (yes, I'm a tofu loving, tree hugger, eco freak, or becoming so more and more each day:). The kids will be starting school and becoming teenagers and wow... lots of unknowns in the next 10 years, but it will be so much fun to watch them grow up! I will hopefully start a career in the next few years, probably in accounting, so I am excited about that too!