Monday, January 25, 2010


Yesterday Tad was exploring at my mom's house when he stepped on something that went through his shoe & into his foot. We aren't sure if it was a nail or a piece of wire from a cage. My mom doctored it up & put a bandaid on it. Tad didn't even cry...until they told him he might have to get a tetanus shot! When they got home & told me what happened, I called around & found out he did indeed need a tetanus booster, so we headed to the DirectCare clinic.
When we finally got to go to a room & see the dr, he told us that 1 out of 4 times when the object pierces the shoe, it pushes rubber from the shoe or cloth from the sock into the foot that would increase the risk of infection! OMG ~ I never even thought of that. The dr was so good & told Tad everything he was going to do. He told him he was going to numb up his foot & that it would hurt, then told him he was going to have to dig in the wound a little to make sure there was nothing in it. Tad got a little tear in his eye when the dr was explaining it, but when he actually numbed it up he just grimace a little - he was so brave. When the dr was through he showed a tiny black speck that was probably a piece of rubber from his shoe! Tad also had to have an x-ray to make sure there was no metal in his foot. The x-rays showed that there wasn't ~ hooray! While we were waiting in the room , I showed Tad the smiley-face pain scale from 0-5. He said when the dr numbed his foot it was a 3, & now it was about a 2 so he'd probably like some pain medicine when we got home. They gave him his tetanus shot which he also took like a champ, then we headed home. He just has to do warm soaks with soap & water to keep it clean & help with healing. Luckily everything looks good so far!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sophie's 3rd birthday party

December 20th we had a party to celebrate Sophie's 3rd birthday. She wanted everything Dora, so we did our best! We had the party at Dairy Queen so the kids would have a playplace. Dairy Queen made a Dora cake & we had Dora balloons, plates, and napkins. We had a good turnout & everyone had alot of fun! She got tons of presents~ shopping cart & food, Littlest Pet Shop house & pets, clothes, hair accessories, princess dress-up, My Little Pony, Dora backpack & more!!

Sophie had alot of helpers to open her presents!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

the Christmas tree farm

A couple of weeks before Christmas every year we take the kids & go pick out a real Christmas tree! The last few years, since the kids are older, we have been going to a Christmas tree farm to cut down our own tree. We found a great place we like called Plantation Pines. They take you on a hayride to the field to find your tree! Here are some pictures of our fun times this year:

The bigger kids wanted to take turns trying to cut down the tree:

After we cut down our tree, then they took us back to have some hot chocolate & get warm!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snake Encounters

On December 6th, we took the kids to the Snake Encounters show at the Discovery Science Place. It was awesome! The guy that does the show is named Daryl Sprout. He is so funny and makes the show so interesting. He taught us lots of stuff (not that I can remember any of it now - it was over a whole month ago LOL!) We all had a really good time!

He also includes the audience in his show. So Zoe got picked to go up on stage! She was so super excited!

Since we are Discovery Science Place members, we got to go back-stage and get pictures made with Daryl and touch some creatures!

Here's a link to his website for more info: Snake Encounters