Tuesday, December 28, 2010
You have no idea how many dog treats and time it took to get this picture!
Parker (and Froggy) on Christmas morning
Parker hamming it up under our Christmas tree
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Don't let this picture fool you he NEVER sits still! I only managed to take this picture because he was tired. Trying to change his diaper is like trying to diaper a bucking bronco and getting him dressed is like trying to put clothes on a greased pig! He is moments away from crawling, but currently gets around quite well by scooting on his knees and combat crawling. He is also starting to eat solid foods. His first food was applesauce. Next came squash which he loves, he practically launches himself out of the highchair trying to get the next bite. Parker hates peas, he ate a few bites, made a face the whole time, then gagged and threw up most of the peas. We are going to give carrots a try tomorrow.
Note to self: ask Santa for a photographer to follow us around so we can have pictures of the three of us TOGETHER!
...and the result of our huntin' expedition. So far Ike and Turner haven't bothered the tree and really don't seem too interested in it, the only problem seems to be their wagging tails getting too close and sending ornaments flying.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This picture cracks me up-they have the same expression!
GG Carl & Mary
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
6 month check-up stats:
head: 43 cm (25%)
height: 27.2 (75%) I started laughing when Dr. B. asked if we had tall people in our family!
weight: 15.15 (25%)
teeth: 2-lower front
Dr. B. asked what Parker's tricks were so here is a list of his tricks and accomplishments:
rolling (front to back and back to front)
gets up on all fours
stands with support
sits up with some support
grabs anything within reach
transfers objects from one hand to the other
plays peek-a-boo with himself and others
grabs feet and toes
holds his own bottle
drinks from a glass with help
smiles and laughs
sleeps through the night (most of the time)
understands how to make his toys play music/make sounds
and quite possibly his most impressive new skill...problem solving! Unfortunately, his Mommy has not learned how to properly run the video camera so this is his second attempt at extracting a toy from the basket. In the non-existent first video you would have seen him try a few times to tip the basket and get the toy before he realized he needed to use one hand to hold the basket, and the other to grab the toy. I know everybody says this, but my kid is a genius!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Fighting crime and saving the world sure is exhausting!
I have no idea why I'm talking like Napoleon Dynamite in the first video and have suddenly developed a lisp in the second...I really wish there was a mute button on the camera!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Brian I love you because…
1. You are an amazing father and loving husband
2. You are hard working
3. You are handy
4. You like holding hands in public
5. You are supportive, thoughtful and caring
6. I love it when you wrap your arms around me
7. You were a selfless and dedicated birthing coach
8. You attended 12 weeks of birthing classes with me, even though you could not stand the “whack-a-do” couple
9. You look sexy in camo
10. You have never played hooky from work
11. You make the most amazing omelets
12. You call me on my BS
13. You laugh at all my “quirks”
14. You kill giant man-eating spiders for me
15. You always let me warm my cold feet on your lava feet
16. No matter how many times I put my cold hands up your shirt, you never retaliate
17. You get so excited when you spot the first sample table at Costco
18. You eat something I can’t have and tell me it tasted awful even though it was delicious
19. Every so often you ask if I got a haircut, just in case I actually did
20. You help my parents whenever they ask
21. You are freakishly strong
22. Your pinky is bigger than my index finger
23. Your giant gorilla mitts are always warm
24. You always call to ask if you need to pick anything up on your way home
25. You keep asking how old Parker has to be before you can take him hunting
26. You checked “the money is no object” box and authorized doggie life support when Ike got sick
27. You request soap and shampoo that smells manlier…like dirt or motor oil
28. You always make a joke and bring me back to reality, when I blow things out of proportion
29. You can sleep through anything, but during the first few weeks would instantly
wake up whenever Parker made the tiniest noise
30. Your face always lights up when you see Parker and...
31. I love how excited Parker is to see you too!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The red A is where they ended up -- if you know us well enough you know our street and where they started from. What boggles my mind is Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb have no fear of cars, and by following the creek and shoreline they completely by-passed two busy roads.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I read this article a few weeks ago, and as teacher and new mom, it really stuck with me.
Are we raising a generation of nincompoops
By Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press Writer September 27, 2010
NEW YORK --Second-graders who can't tie shoes or zip jackets. Four-year-olds in Pull-Ups diapers. Five-year-olds in strollers. Teens and preteens befuddled by can openers and ice-cube trays. College kids who've never done laundry, taken a bus alone or addressed an envelope.
Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? And do we have only ourselves to blame? Or are some of these things simply the result of kids growing up with push-button technology in an era when mechanical devices are gradually being replaced by electronics?
Susan Maushart, a mother of three, says her teenage daughter "literally does not know how to use a can opener. Most cans come with pull-tops these days. I see her reaching for a can that requires a can opener, and her shoulders slump and she goes for something else."
Teenagers are so accustomed to either throwing their clothes on the floor or hanging them on hooks that Maushart says her "kids actually struggle with the mechanics of a clothes hanger."
Many kids never learn to do ordinary household tasks. They have no chores. Take-out and drive-through meals have replaced home cooking. And busy families who can afford it often outsource house-cleaning and lawn care.
"It's so all laid out for them," said Maushart, author of the forthcoming book "The Winter of Our Disconnect," about her efforts to wean her family from its dependence on technology. "Having so much comfort and ease is what has led to this situation -- the Velcro sneakers, the Pull-Ups generation. You can pee in your pants and we'll take care of it for you!"
The issue hit home for me when a visiting 12-year-old took an ice-cube tray out of my freezer, then stared at it helplessly. Raised in a world where refrigerators have push-button ice-makers, he'd never had to get cubes out of a tray -- in the same way that kids growing up with pull-tab cans don't understand can openers.
But his passivity was what bothered me most. Come on, kid! If your life depended on it, couldn't you wrestle that ice-cube tray to the ground? It's not that complicated!
Mark Bauerlein, author of the best-selling book "The Dumbest Generation," which contends that cyberculture is turning young people into know-nothings, says "the absence of technology" confuses kids faced with simple mechanical tasks.
But Bauerlein says there's a second factor: "a loss of independence and a loss of initiative." He says that growing up with cell phones and Google means kids don't have to figure things out or solve problems any more. They can look up what they need online or call mom or dad for step-by-step instructions. And today's helicopter parents are more than happy to oblige, whether their kids are 12 or 22.
"It's the dependence factor, the unimaginability of life without the new technology, that is making kids less entrepreneurial, less initiative-oriented, less independent," Bauerlein said.
Teachers in kindergarten have always had to show patience with children learning to tie shoes and zip jackets, but thanks to Velcro closures, today's kids often don't develop those skills until they are older. Sure, harried parents are grateful for Velcro when they're trying to get a kid dressed and out the door, and children learn to tie shoes eventually unless they have a real disability. But if they're capable of learning to tie their shoes before they learn to read, shouldn't we encourage them?
Some skills, of course, are no longer useful. Kids don't need to know how to add Roman numerals, write cursive or look things up in a paper-bound thesaurus. But is snail-mail already so outmoded that teenagers don't need to know how to address an envelope or put the stamp in the right spot? Ask a 15-year-old to prepare an envelope some time; you might be shocked at the result.
Lenore Skenazy, who writes a popular blog called Free-Range Kids, based on her book by the same name, has a different take. Skenazy, whose approach to parenting is decidedly anti-helicopter, agrees that we are partly to blame for our children's apparent incompetence, starting when they are infants.
"There is an onslaught of stuff being sold to us from the second they come out of the womb trying to convince us that they are nincompoops," she said. "They need to go to Gymboree or they will never hum and clap! To teach them how to walk, you're supposed to turn your child into a marionette by strapping this thing on them that holds them up because it helps them balance more naturally than 30,000 years of evolution!"
Despite all this, Skenazy thinks today's kids are way smarter than we give them credit for: "They know how to change a photo caption on a digital photo and send it to a friend. They can add the smiley face without the colon and parentheses! They never took typing but they can type faster than I can!"
Had I not been there to help that 12-year-old with the ice-cube tray, she added, the kid surely would have "whipped out his iPhone and clicked on his ice cube app to get a little video animated by a 6-year-old that explained how you get ice cubes out of a tray."
Friends playing devil's advocate say I'm wrong to indict a whole generation for the decline of skills they don't need. After all, we no longer have to grow crops, shoot deer, prime a pump or milk a cow to make dinner, but it was just a couple of generations ago that you couldn't survive in many places without that knowledge.
Others say this is simply the last gasp of the analog era as we move once and for all to the digital age. In 10 years, there won't be any ice cube trays; every fridge will have push-button ice.
But Bauerlein, a professor at Emory University who has studied culture and American life, defends my right to rail against the ignorance of youth.
"That's our job as we get old," he said. "A healthy society is healthy only if it has some degree of tension between older and younger generations. It's up to us old folks to remind teenagers: 'The world didn't begin on your 13th birthday!' And it's good for kids to resent that and to argue back. We want to criticize and provoke them. It's not healthy for the older generation to say, 'Kids are kids, they'll grow up.'
"They won't grow up," he added, "unless you do your job by knocking down their hubris."
Sunday, October 10, 2010
9 inch unbaked pie shell (homemade or frozen) **I usually just skip the crust
A handful or two of grated cheese (any kind)
A splash of milk (roughly the same amount you use when making scrambled eggs)
Add any amount of any of the following: green onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, etc.
1-2 handfuls of any of the following: bacon, sausage, ham, etc. (cooked)
Salt & pepper to taste
Whisk eggs and milk together. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Pour mixture into 9 inch round pie shell OR if you are skipping the pie crust simply spray a 9 inch pie pan with cooking spray. Cook at 350 for 45 minutes, test by sticking a knife into the center-quiche is done when knife comes out clean. Quiche will puff up in oven, let sit on counter for 5-10 minutes to deflate.
2 cups margarine or butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups white sugar
1 T. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
5-6 cups flour
3 cups oatmeal
16 oz. chocolate chips
Roll into golf ball size place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 6-8 minutes.
1 lb. package of frozen shredded hashbrowns
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 pint sour cream
1 bunch of green onions
handful of bacon bits
Fresh ground pepper
In a large bowl, mix together hashbrowns (easier to mix when potatoes are slightly thawed), cheese, sour cream, and onions. Spread evenly in a 9x13 greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with pepper and bacon bits. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and the top is brown.
One package instant chocolate pudding mix
Coconut milk, rice milk or for you lucky bastards - milk (amount indicated on pudding package)
Whisk together milk and pudding powder. Pour into individual ramekins or small microwave safe bowls and popped them in the freezer for 2-3 hours. The pudding will be rock hard. Microwave for 20-30 seconds (depending on the power of your microwave)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Brian was playing with Parker last night. I said, "Parker!" and he turned and looked at me. I tested him a few more times and he looked every time.
To make sure he wasn't just responding to the sound of my voice I said. "Brian!" No response.
"Ike!" No response from Parker, but I got licked and beaten with Ike's wagging tail.
"Turner!" Nothing from Parker, but Turner tried to jump on my lap.
This picture has nothing to do with this post, just though he was freakin' adorable!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Parker is only a few weeks older then this tiger cub. Check out the paws on this guy!
I think Parker's first trip to the zoo was more exciting for his parents and his cousin Jack.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sorry you are not feeling well and we won't be able to see you this weekend. Parker wanted me to post these videos to help cheer you up and make you feel better! Hugs & Kisses.
Love, Parker & Aunt Amy
Parker flip flopping
Practice for the zoo
Random video of the boys playing
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Exhibit A: What drugs was this guy taking? A Golden Book called Uncle Wiggily has a main character called the skillery-scallery alligator who wants to nibble on Uncle Wiggily's ears. The alligator tries to get Uncle Wiggily out of a tree by using his "rough nutmeg-grater tail" to saw down the tree. The other characters devise a plan to scare away the alligator by painting his tail red.
Exhibit B: This author needs a girlfriend...or boyfriend. In a book called Danny Beaver's Secret, Danny wears a tank top and flashy belt. One of the main characters is named Pussy Cat and he borrows her flowers to help him with his secret.
Exhibit C: Maybe I can use this book to teach Parker about child molesters. These are exact quotes! "When you wish to return," he continued, "grip my staff tightly and stand behind me. Close your eyes and think of your own home..." He took the staff and stepped behind the chief. As he did, the boy felt a great surge beneath him...
Seriously, I did not make this stuff up!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Looking back over the pictures I can't believe how quickly they have grown! They have given us moments of laughter, tears and frustration but they are so worth it!
The day we brought them home!
Two months old and already best buddies!
Starting to look more like dogs than puppies.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
2 days old
Parker's impersonation of Edith Ann
Friday, July 2, 2010
Ike is taller and darker than Turner
Ike is a destructive chewer...no dog toy, stick or house stands a chance
Turner is more aggressive when they wrestle and play
Turner is a digger and a barker/whiner
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Parker's first time...
being in another state (California & Nevada)
on a plane
getting a diaper changed in an airplane bathroom
spitting up everything he ate on himself and his mommy
spitting up in mommy's hair
being away from home overnight
staying in a hotel room
being in a casino (don't call CPS we had to walk through to get to breakfast)
being at a wedding
being held by a beautiful bride
watching mommy & daddy dancing
getting bit by a mosquito
sweating in 100 degree heat
wearing nothing but a diaper and socks in public
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
When we got to the birthing center I gave the receptionist my name, then turned to Brian and said. "Oh, there's another contraction!" The receptionist smiled at me and said. "And what are we seeing you for?" Hmmm, this is a birthing center, it is 10 o'clock at night, I'm pregnant and just had a contraction...so obviously I'm here for a boob job!
We had to hang out in the triage room for 2+ hours until my doctor and the nurse were 100% convinced that my water had actually broken and I was in active labor. Even if I wasn't in labor they weren't going to let me leave because my blood pressure was really high. Finally, the second test confirmed it (duh!!!) and we were moved into a room. Luckily it was a corner room and the largest in the hospital because it would be our new home for the next 3+ days.
My amazing fantastic and fabulous sister was suppose to get on a plane to LA at 7 AM Thursday morning but she selflessly cancelled her trip and showed up to the hospital around 3 AM and did not leave until Parker was born. The first 24 hours went fairly smoothly, contractions were not very painful (a sign that this was going to be a long labor) Brian didn't get home from work until 2 AM on Monday so I made him spend a lot of this time sleeping while Sarah and I walked the halls...and walked the halls...and walked some more. Every time I laid down to rest or to be hooked up to the fetal monitors the contractions would get further and further apart. So frustrating!!!
On Thursday afternoon, my parents, Brian's parents, and my sister-in-law Sarah set up camp in the waiting room. I'm sure they had no idea they would be there until the wee hours of the morning. Around the 23 hour mark my doctor came in to let me know she was done with her shift and we needed to talk about my options. Since my water broke so early, at the 24 hour mark they were going to start giving me antibiotics to make sure Parker would not get any infections, etc. She also suggested I think about using pitocin to speed up the contractions and get things moving. I had tried some natural ways to speed up labor and stimulate contractions but nothing was working. Brian and I discussed it and decided to try the pitocin. After the first hour it was obvious that the contractions were getting stronger.
The last six hours of labor were a blur, Brian was an amazing coach he stayed by my side the whole time and knew exactly what to say and do to make me feel better. I remember telling Brian I couldn't do it anymore and I wanted an epidural. He calmed me down told me I was doing great and convinced me to wait 30 minutes before I asked the nurse for the epidural. I labored in the jacuzzi tub for a while which helped a lot. Because my water broke so early the nurses and doctors would not check me to see how dilated I was because of the risk of infection. Finally, when I got out of the tub I said a felt like I needed to start pushing soon. The nurse check me and I almost cried! I was only 6 cm dilated! I labored for a few more hours and actually found myself falling asleep between contractions because I was so tired. The contractions were super strong and I was having a hard time not pushing with the contractions so the nurse checked me again and I still wasn't fully dilated. I tried not to push but couldn't help it and after 20 minutes she checked again and said get the doctor in here! FINALLY!!!! After the doctor came in I only had to push for 3 contractions and suddenly after 36 hours of labor there he was!
At 5:02 AM Dr. Quimby laid Parker on my chest, he opened his eyes let out a little whimper and I instantly fell madly and deeply in love with him. He was beautiful and perfect in every way! My mom had parked her chair so she could keep an eye on my room and everyone got really excited when the doctor and nurses started rushing in and out of the room. After about an hour Brian started shuttling the families into the room and they were finally able to meet Parker. The best part...Parker David and his Grandpa Dave share the same birthday! We were finally able to take Parker home around 3 PM on Saturday. We were exhausted and so happy to be able to be home and sleep in our own bed.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
male student: "Mrs. Masten, when does Parker eat the yoke sac?"
me: "What?" (with a look of complete confusion on my face)
student: "When does he eat the yoke?
me: "Do you see me sitting on a nest? I'm not a chicken! There is no yoke!"
student: "Well then what does he eat?"
me: "Um, there is an umbilical cord..."
student: "Gross he eats the cord?"
me: "NO! He gets all the nutrients he needs through the cord. Next year, health class is going to blow your mind!"
another student: "Dogs eat their placenta"
me: "Oh lord! Time out, how did we get from Australia to this subject? Back on track people!"
Today, Kelly, one of my amazing colleagues at school threw a mega-shower for the three pregnant teachers at PHS. We are all due in May: 15th, 17th & 31st! The substitutes in our district will be busy! Everyone was so generous and even shared great practical advice for us first time moms.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Later that night, I tortured Brian by telling him I just wanted to "show" him all of the loot that Parker got, then I started organizing and setting up everything. Finally, after about an hour Brian couldn't take it any more, grabbed the fleece blanket my Aunt Connie made Parker, folded it into a pillow and fell asleep on the nursery floor!
Because I can't possibly post pictures of all of the amazing gifts Parker received, here are pictures of some of the most unique gifts:
My fabulous sister-in-law Sarah gave me a memory can with little note cards inside to help quickly record all of Parker's important milestones, then when I have more time I can add these events into his baby book.
My amazingly talented Aunt Linda made Parker an adorable colorful dog quilt. She creates these beautiful quilts for various family milestones and always includes a dedication with the year it was given. I hope this becomes Parker's favorite "blankie."
Jeanee and her daughter Alexis made these cute letters to hang in the nursery. (After Brian and I hung them we stepped back to admire our handy work. I was concentrating on whether the letters were spaced evenly/hung at the right height and declared they look great!...Brian agreed, but pointed out we spelled P-A-K-R-E-R instead of PARKER!)
Finally, my Mom's best friend Louise from California sent this cute hooded bath towel with Parker's name embroidered on it. The hood has floppy ears and it has a matching dog bath mitt!