Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Dylan has always loved mascots, they seriously make his day every time we see one!

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No strikes for Dylan

We took Dylan bowling for the first time a few weeks ago. He had a great time and especially loved his bowling shoes. He even asked if he could take them home!

We haven't been bowling since Dave's 30th birthday, which is now 4 years ago! That does coincide with someone else turning 4 in a few weeks, coincidence? I think not.

Dave did a great job bowling as usual and Dylan did pretty good for it being his first time. I thought I did good considering I was 20+ weeks pregnant. Dylan only lofted the ball one time, which was impressive. He also had some rockin bowling moves that he put on display after he would roll the ball down the lane.
It was a heavy bowling ball!

Dave showing Dylan how to bowl. 
Even with the bumpers the pregnant lady didn't do very good. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mr. Dependent

Oh how I miss my almost 4 year old who would sleep through the night, wake up in the morning and go downstairs and watch tv for a little while so I could get a few more minutes of sleep. He has disappeared. Not Dylan, but part of his independent self. He still picks out his clothes in the morning and gets dressed all by himself. But for the past two weeks he's woken up at least 2 times a night (usually 3 times) walked into our room and needed someone to walk him back to his room and lay with him until he falls back asleep. Then he will sleep for an hour or so and wonder back into our room, rinse and repeat. I'm not sleeping all that well anyway and to be woken up multiple times a night is seriously wearing me (and Dave) out.

How did this all start you might ask. Dylan has never liked loud noises, he doesn't like the air dryers in bathrooms, they really freak him out. But nothing bothers him as much as the alarm on our house going off. Occasionally we will turn the alarm on during the day and forget it's on, open a door and boom, you are deaf for the next 10 minutes while your ears recover. Couple that with the smoke detector going off on the same day and Dylan is now convinced that whenever we are in the house the alarm will go off. He used to stay downstairs if I had to go upstairs to put clothes away, not anymore, he's right there with me (or Dave) going upstairs. I can't even get a minute to pee by myself.

However, when we are outside it's a different story. We were at the farmers market last Saturday and I was waiting to pay for my tomatoes and zephyr zucchini (and it took forever, OMG, the lady in front of me had brought her own basket and the person ringing her up had to subtract the weight of the basket, which the lady had written on the basket and endure the ladies story of "don't take the tomatoes out, they bruise" UGH, kill me now) and Dylan just  took off. He didn't run, but he just started walking away, I figured he would start to come back, but he was almost out of my sight in the crowd and pretty far away before I caught up to him. I'm pretty liberal when it comes to keeping an eye on him. He doesn't need to be next to me every second, but him getting almost a block away at a busy farmers market did not make me happy. When we got home though, a totally different story, I walked onto the laundry room (which is off the kitchen) and he's right there wondering where I went.

This is driving me crazy! I know he is genuinely worried about the alarm going off again and the loud noise, but we have tried everything we can do to reassure him that the loud noise (hopefully) will not go off again and he will be ok. But it is taking him forever to get to bed now and all the waking up at night isn't good for anyone.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get back Mr. Independent?!

Monday, July 23, 2012

At least they used glue

Dylan had his first trip to the doctor with an injury on Saturday morning. I had really thought we would have been to the doctor or emergency room before last weekend with an injury. Dylan is constantly jumping off things, running around like crazy, really just being a little boy.

Here's what happened and a little background. We have a formal living/dining room area which is really just one big room. It's divided into a playroom and office/desk area with a couch and our wood coffee table with pointy edges that we moved out of the living room because we were worried Dylan would hurt himself on it (and we were right!). I was organizing our desk and Dylan was spinning around on the office chair. Then he decided that just spinning on the chair wasn't fun enough, so he moved it over by the over-sized chair at the edge of his playroom and decided to jump from the stable chair to the spinning chair. I think  he had one successful attempt, then attempt number 2 was not as successful... I heard a thunk and then crying. He didn't knock himself out, but he did gash the back of his head. I couldn't tell how bad it was, just that is was bleeding. So I had Dylan sit down and I ran and got a towel to hold to his head to stop the bleeding. He stopped crying pretty quickly and I called the doctor. Of course, they said to bring him in. The bleeding also stopped pretty quickly and he was feeling ok, no vomiting or passing out which I figured were good signs.

We had a uneventful ride to the doctors office and after a short wait, saw the doctor. She cleaned up the gash and blood that was matted in his hair and determined that he wouldn't need stitches, that she could just glue the cut back together. Dylan did great. I read him a book while he laid down and got his wound cleaned and glued back together. I was worried they were going to have to shave his head or at least the area around the gash, but the doctor didn't think that was necessary. She said if his hair would have been a little longer she would have braided it over the cut!

Since he was so brave at the doctor we decided that a quick trip to Dunkin Donuts was also in order and would make his head feel better even more quickly.

Other than some glue on his head Dylan doesn't seem any worse for ware. He is still jumping off the couch onto pillows on the floor, running around outside and being himself. I'm pretty sure his injury didn't do much to quell his adventurous spirit!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Photo Shoot

We tried to take a couple of photos of Dave and Dylan on Father's Day (behind much in posting...anyway) but as you can see from the photos below, it took a little while to get a decent shot of both Dave and Dylan. I think the 4th photo is my favorite, I love the expression on Dylan's face!

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Two weeks in July

As I am sure you are aware, my lack of posting has not gotten any better over the past month. However, I do have some updates and photos for you!

We had a fun 4th of July and days around it. Dylan loved the fireworks, snakes, and sparklers. We didn't go to a big fireworks display, but we did go over to our neighbors to set off a few fireworks for the kids. That seemed to be enough entertainment for the 5 and under crowd.

We also went to the Farragut 4th of July parade with friends. The boys had a great time getting all the candy and fun stuff the people were throwing out.
Still a cheesy smile.
Keeping a close eye on his sparkler.

Dylan and I have continued our Saturday morning trips to the Market Square Farmers Market. Dylan must get a cream cheese roll from VG's bakery and I have been stocking up on tomatoes until our plants started producing tomatoes.

We also made it to our first drive-in movie as a family. We all had a great time watching Brave. The next day was not as exciting since Dylan didn't sleep in after staying up until midnight...

Eating popcorn and waiting for the drive-in movie to start!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sand trap

Dylan still loves to go golfing. He especially likes to go out to Tennessee National and actually play. Since Dave has been working more hours lately Dylan and I have been meeting Dave at the club and playing golf while the last few players on the course finish up.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

US Olympic Swim Team Practice in Knoxville!

Dave was lucky enough to be able to go to the US Olympic Swim Team's practice at the UT Aquatic Facility last week. Only 1200 people were allowed in from 8am -9am to watch the team practice.
We should have planned better and had him take my long camera lens, but he still managed to get some good photos of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte and other swim team members.


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Even Phelps and Lochte (in the black cap) use swim boards!