I stand in awe of this baby mama...

Congratulations Charmaine and Cody! Cooper and Caydence are perfect!


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i tootet...

Ryker: Peeeww! Who tooted?
Ryan: Ryker tooted.
Ryker: No. Mom tooted.
Kristi: Nope. Daddy must have tooted.
Em: I tootet.
Ryker: How rude.


is there a pattern here?!?

The kids are quiet. Too quiet! A stool is pushed up to the medicine cabinet and the door is wide open. I'm only a bit concerned as the medicine is too high for either child to reach. I find Emerson sitting on the couch with a jar of vaseline and it is everywhere. She'd been at it for a while. Ryker is nearby building really cool robots out of tinker toys.

"You really should keep a better eye on her." he remarks.

Thanks son. Thanks a lot.


Ryan was scheduled to work in Memphis for two weeks and the kids and I decided to visit him over the weekend. I can't decide which was the low point of the trip. Was it when chunks of projectile vomit landed in the hair of the man in front of us? Was it when Emerson ran out of clothes and spent several hours wearing nothing but my coat? Maybe it was when Ryker and Em were vomiting simultaneously and a strange woman had to help my son, who was so brave and strong and sweet that it brought tears to my eyes. Or maybe it was sitting in an airplane on the tarmac for FOUR hours before it even took to the skies. Three plane rides, 6 delays, two changes of clothes and 20 hours later, we arrived. As for migraines, strep, snow and rain...well we could have done without those too.

That said, we were very glad to spend a wee bit of time with Joe, Michelle and Jaden in Nashville. Thanks guys, for meeting us halfway! I have no need to visit either city again but we did enjoy a fabulous meal at Nashville's Firefly Grille. Opryland is overrated but the kids loved feeding the stingrays at the nearby Aquarium Cafe. Ryker got a huge kick out of several digestion exhibits at A Science Adventure. Specifically, the ones that had to do with poo and vomit. Emerson loved "wimming" in the hotel pool. And Jaden wants a baby sister. So it's all good and we'll do it again...when the kids are, say, 15. :)


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Purse? Check.
Glasses? Check.
Keys? Um...oh! There they are.
Boots? Check.
Jeans tucked in boots? Check.

"Mom, that looks terrible.
You should change."

Thanks, son.
Thanks a lot.