Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

Hayden is just at that age where he's starting to get Christmas. It's kinda fun actually. He gets so excited about the little things like the Christmas tree, all of the snowman decorations at Grandma and Grandpa's house, and even cheesy Christmas music.
The other day, as I...
Sorry, we have to interrupt this blog with some late breaking news.
Hayden poo pooed in the potty!!!!!!! As I was typing, I looked over and saw him make that face that can only mean one thing. I raced him to the can and he actually made me go away. Then he called me back once the deed was done!!!! If you read this blog, you probably got a message on your phone from him about it. It's big news. Anyways, back to your regularly scheduled blog.
The other day, as I was decorating the tree, he was quietly playing with some ornaments when he softly said: Mama, I love you. You make me SO happy. Merry Christmas Mama.


First Self Feedings
First Snowfall

First Pigtails
First Signs of a Diva


Here are some pics of this year's Halloween festivities. Hayden decided to be a "treasure" and Daisy borrowed Lindy's bunny costume. Scott and I dressed up as each other.
This is Lindy Loo Hoo dressed up as a dragon

Hayden went to about 4 houses and then had a lot fun handing candy out to other kids. Sara actually heard him say at one point that he needed to have a nap. Before we knew it, this is how we found him.
Other that Halloween, we are enjoying the fall weather by building forts and scooting along with our daily doings.
Here's a funny conversation that Hayden and I had.
Hayden: (picking his nose and eating it)
Me: Ucky Hayden. Please stop.
Hayden: No Mama. Not ucky. Yummy Mama.

The Guyses
Hayden's Fort
The End

Dinner Guests

We had two very influential dinner guests tonight. Spiderman and Thor both graced us for fine dining of macaroni and apple juice.

Hanging Around

Here is Daisy hanging out with Shawn.
Things are so busy here with two kids, that I sometimes lose track of little Daisy and how much she's growing and changing. She's coming around after a bout of stranger anxiety. It's fun to see her and Scott connecting more these days. One of her favourite activities (other than being held) is to roll around on the ground. She's pretty good at pulling herself along towards things that she'd like to play with. It looks a little like a demented sea creature dragging itself along the ocean floor but, somehow on her, it looks cute.
Thanksgiving was full of activity. We hosted two yummy turkey dinners for friends and family. Hayden chose to keep Jessie company in the basement for both. I checked in on him a couple of times. Here's how our conversations went: Me-Hayden, do you want to come up for some dinner? Hayden (slumped in his chair like a sullen teenager)-No, I'm watching TV.
He's been enjoying Duffer Doo and coming to my exercise classes too. Time is passing quickly and I try to remember to enjoy all of the messy, frustrating, tedious times along with the soft and mushy ones because I know it will be over sooner than I want it to.

That's her beer, not mine.
Sticky candy apples.
A rare glimpse of the two cousins together.
Daddy and Daisy


Our only family photo to date.

Hello Mateys. I know it's been a while since we be postin' but we be busy sailing on the briney blue for loot and pirate booty. Here are some pics from our adventures on the high seas on Hayden's actual birthday. The folks did a whole song and dance where the kids got to look for treasure, shoot the water cannons at Pirate Pete, and even dance a jig. Hayden's favourite part was definitely the cannons. He hit a wall towards the end and just stopped moving.

The official pirate salute.
Hayden looking for buried treasure. Gross.
Hayden after having hit the wall.
He got picked up and carried out from that same spot.
Plunked into the car and fell asleep.
We're also getting up to no good at home. This week marks the beginning of some crucial socializing for Hayden (and alone time for Daisy and I). Hayden starts Duffer Doo on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and he's also doing a music class on Fridays. This past Friday, we started with an orientation for Duffer Doo and then his first music class. We told him about it the night before and he was so excited that he got up two hours early. By the time music class came around, the poor sucker was so tired that he refused to participate when we got there. Then the teacher brought out the instruments and he got excited. She gave him the bells and then he threw a hissy for the sticks. It was so fun---NOT. Here's hopin' this week goes a bit smoother.
Daisy was sick all weekend. She had a low grade fever for a couple of days but is feeling much better now. She's getting slightly better at night but still pesters me quite a bit. She's still a bit of a diva.
We've been getting into somewhat of a routine here. Hayden, Daisy, and I can manage the groceries with fewer incidents (only one hospital visit for falling out of the cart). They both enjoy coming to exercise class with me where Hayden is supposed to sit on his island (blue mat) but usually ventures out to do some weights with me while Daisy amuses herself in the exersaucer. We fair better when we keep busy and stay out and about. Today we are staying at home so that Hayden can stay in some underwear all day long. So far, we got 3 pees in the toilet and one poop in the pants. Heavy sigh.
Hayden's been a bit funny at night claiming to be scared. Before we leave, he has us remove almost everything that isn't bolted to the ground. He's really into Toy Story these days and Scott is excited to take him to the double bill 3D version soon.

Hmmm...I wonder if Daisy will notice if I just take one nibble.
Yup, she noticed.

Through some miracle, they both happen to be napping right now so excuse me while a steal a moment for myself while I got it. Tootles!

MY Birthday Party Mama?

Here are some pics from Hayden's Birthday Party. I kind of figured that Hayden thought birthday parties weren't really to celebrate anyone in particular. He's always been able to blow the candles on everyone else's cake so I thought he just saw them as a party. But, when we were talking about it the morning of the party, he suddenly piped up and said, "It's my party mama? Wif my handles (candles)? and my presents? and my bayoons (balloons)?
We went with a pirate theme and even made a ginormous pirate ship out of cardboard boxes with Shawn and Sara's help. We did a treasure hunt and the scallywags and wenches had a lot of fun with only one minor meltdown. Hey, even pirates can have their moments. Pilfering for loot can be