I am uploading a few more new videos. Check them out on the sidebar or in bigger version on my Youtube channel (link on top). I am still uploading right now, but I think I'm almost done. It's hard to pick just a few, but I know kids aren't as cute to people who aren't their Mommy ;)
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Last time I tried to take Josh to see Pendleton-King Park it was closed so we went back out today. We didn't stay too long because it was another hot Georgia day and the gnats were driving us CRAZY. There was a new playground there that Noah really loved. Bosley loved it, Tristan loved it, I loved it... we always love being out :) I think Josh had fun too, especially when we pulled up to the pond so he could play with the fishes (haha). We're just big kids.
ALSO!!! I have some exciting news.... No, I'm not pregnant. Well at least I don't think I am. I haven't taken a test in awhile. ANYWAY... Tristan is starting to walk!! He is taking a few steps at a time and is struggling his little butt off to try and stand upright from sitting without any support. He's getting pretty good! I tried to get a video, but for whatever reason he will only walk to me. He also has a tendency to get so dang excited that he won't stand up and catch his balance before taking off. Tristan does that typical baby walk. He sticks his chest out, throws his arms back and basically just squeals as he dives towards someone, while kinda moving his legs hahaha. I love it :)
Posted by Allison Burnett at 8:34 PM
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here are the boys reading books together. Noah is adorned in his green goggles which I assume are filling in as reading glasses. Tristan is more interested in eating the hair off of Hugs the puppy than feeling the softness.
We were playing "city" with all his Little People stuff. He has a castle, the farm, the garage, a quarry, and a racetrack. Noah was soooo excited when we built the fence around the farm to keep the animals inside. He kept telling Tristan he was wrecking his yard... and Tristan was. Wrecking things is what babies do best.
Noah was upset because his pyramid was small. He felt defeated, I guess. Maybe he needs more megablocks :) Then he can build a HUGE pyramid and be a happy architect.
Posted by Allison Burnett at 9:21 PM
I had a nice yoga session this morning. I got to drink my coffee and eat a bowl of cereal. I should feel great, but I don't. I am really dreading this Dr. appointment... and it's not even for me! I hate when my babies get shots. I hate having a Dr. tell me their opinion on everything like their expertise somehow goes beyond a child's physical health. I am prematurely stressing out, but this is what I do. I stress before and then when I actually get there I am prepared and fine. I have written down the vaccines Tristan is supposed to get so I know what to expect. I am not getting him the RotaVirus vaccine. He's practically 1... although just going to the stupid hospital will most likely expose him to the mutated cold. He's a strong boy.
OK time to get ready. More later...
Everything went fine. The doctor was cool and this hospital is much less crowded and more organized than the one in SA was. Tristan is 19lbs 6ozs and 29 1/4" long... I think that's what she said. He's right on target with height/length, but apparently he's underweight. Really?! Underweight?! I think he's just really active so I am not worried about it that much. Poor kid had to get his finger stuck though to make sure he's not anemic. I doubt he is. So that was a total of 4 needle stabs today. He's had enough! He did a great job. I let him lick on a tiny sucker so that he would associate at least ONE good thing with the doctor. Sugar makes everything feel better :)
Posted by Allison Burnett at 7:19 AM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
First of all... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VITA!!! Hope you had an easy flight back to Texas.
Well I don't really feel sick at all today. I can tell my lymph glands on my neck are working overtime, but they're doing a good job! I am still doing the morning exercise and my walks, eating real well, drinking a lot of water, relaxing when I can. Maybe I will avoid Michelle's evil cold! I am not looking forward to going to the hospital on the 28th for Tristan's Dr. appt. Hospitals are hotbeds for sickness and disease. Why can't they have separate areas for people who are well and just getting a check-up. I've never been a fan of seeing a Dr. when I'm well... unnecessary stress in my opinion. I'm already stressed out about it :P Boooooo. But, it has to be done. Hopefully the doctor isn't a total jerk. I like the more hippie naturalist kind of doctors that listen to mothers and don't treat them like idiots. Other than the midwife that delivered Tristan I haven't found one yet!
Noah, Josh, and I played store today before bed. I was the store owner first and I was quoting prices for random items in Noah's room. He bought Daddy for $20 (hahaha). Our cash was represented by wooden blocks. Noah was the store owner next and he was actually bartering with me! He said I would have to pay $60 to buy Daddy back and I said $20! and he countered with $45. We finally settled at $36. It was just funny. I didn't know he understood the concept of bartering. Learn something new every day :)
Posted by Allison Burnett at 8:31 PM
Monday, August 25, 2008
MELON FACE!!! BOOOOOOOO!!!! hahahaha We actually did scare Alex when she got this melon face as a picture message. No one ever expects a melon face.
On Friday night I left for Ohio to surprise my sister Vita for her birthday. Our other sisters were there too, Janine flew in from Florida to surprise her. We had a great weekend full of laughs and hilarious pictures. We have so many inside jokes in our family. We took a lot of "sister" poses. I think out of the 50 or so we might have been seriously posing and smiling for one or two. That's how we rock (dedicated to Jake) in our family.
Well this is it for the "good" ones that I had on my camera. And now for my favorites... the dumb ones!!! YAY!! :D
Here we are pretending to be impressed with a passer-by for an Abercrombie and Fitch ad.
Here we are pretending to talk about Janine while Janine pretends she's not laughing.
Here we have the 2 youngest daughters carelessly pushed aside by the older sisters... and we wept for possibly seconds, feeling the pain of being unwanted. It was heartbreaking.
And here we are worshiping our Birthday Queen with tender gentle breezes and a foot massage.
Much more nonsense was had by all, but most of it was captured on other peoples' cameras. As soon as everyone uploads I am going to choose my favorites and print them out for a new section on my wall. This will be one of my favorite memories :) We forgot to take a shot of all the siblings. We were waiting for Glenn to arrive and then forgot about it until it was dark outside and everyone was unmotivated. Everyone but Mark was there. Maybe next time we'll remember!
I had a lot of fun, but I was ready to come home after a mere 2 days away from my boys. Noah was holding a bouquet of flowers for me at the arrivals gate. All my boys were dressed nice with little button-downs and collars :) I was happy to be home. Unfortunately I think I may have picked up a cold from one of those disease-ridden planes. Maybe I have SARS hahaha. Dang I almost forgot about SARS... Oh yeah and also avian bird flu and west nile virus. In other words, I am not happy today. I feel pretty crappy. I'm tired because Tristan was up at 11:30 and then 6 with whatever issues he's been having. Noah randomly threw up when he got up this morning, but seems to be fine now. My throat hurts and I want to go back to sleeeeep! I know! I will tell Noah since he was sick this morning he needs to take a nap so he can get better :) YAY NAP!!
Posted by Allison Burnett at 12:49 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
So between the yoga, crunches 2 times a day, and my nightly walk/jog my body is hurting. It's not as bad as the old muscle failure days in the Army to be sure, but it hurts. I think it feels great. This was my old Army stomach. Will I ever get it back to the 6-pack it once was? Maybe... I am using this picture for motivation to work through the pain. OMG look at those eyebrows!! LOL! I think I want my hair cut that short again, but layered. Hmmmm...
We went to the mall to try and find a formal dress for the ball and boy was that depressing. Gone are the days when I would put on any dress whatsoever and look great. I just need to get used to dressing my new body. I don't think I'm fat, just not as small as I once was. It's just a part of life. I swear those mirrors in the dressing room were widening though haha. I also tried on my senior prom dress and it still fits! However, it's tight around my ribcage of all places. I must have huge lateral muscles now from being in the Army and toting babies around. I really want to wear it so I'm going to see if they can bring it out about half an inch for me. I love this dress! This time I am going to have waaaay better shoes... and a different date haha. Looking at this picture I can see how scrawny my arms used to be and I know why it's tight around my lats. I was weak, but now I'm stroooong. OK enough about me.
In case you all didn't notice there are 2 new videos on my YouTube. Look at the right column and check them out. They are totally cute :D By the way, I think we should start a blogger photo hunt. Anyone who wants to play can post their pics on Sunday... or maybe we'll figure out something better for photo sharing. I don't know. I wish everyone had flickr!!
Posted by Allison Burnett at 8:34 PM
I actually woke up this morning at 6am and did my Yoga. My alarm is set for 5:50am every day this week (except for the weekends) so I hope I can reach my goal.
In other, even less interesting news I am going to clean like a madwoman today. I notice that when I wake up early and exercise I have a lot more energy to get things done during the day. I also tend to get out fairly early to do my errands. Unfortunately I found out yesterday that Sam's Club isn't open to regular folk until 10am. Lesson learned.
Posted by Allison Burnett at 8:29 AM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This morning I couldn't fall back asleep after Josh got up at 5. I made coffee and putted around. I wanted to make some breakfast, but wanted to wait until the boys got up. I decided I should just go lay back down. I was flipping through the channels and lo and behold I find Yoga. Apparently on Oxygen at 6am they "Inhale" so I got up and did me some yoga. Yoga is pretty difficult, but I loved it! Also 6am is a great time for me to exercise. Josh is at PT and doesn't get back until around 7 (when Yoga is over), the kids are still asleep. I even had time to take a relaxing shower and blog! I don't have a Wii fit yet, but I would much rather do yoga on there (no commercials). I am determined to get back into shape. I'm not talking about losing weight. I just want to be strong again... and toned. My goal is to drop 2 inches from my waist in one month. It's about time I got rid of the baby flab. I miss my abs. I've been doing crunches and sit-ups and leg lifts during the day while we're up in Noah's room watching Spongebob. Sweatin' to Spongebob haha. If I can drop these inches, it will be just in time for the formal military ball Josh and I have to attend. I wanna look hot! Yeah I look hot now, but I can be hotter ;) hahaha. I feel so great!! Yay exercise!
OK everyone it's your job to keep me in check. Be my accountability and ask me every once in awhile how Yoga is going. I am a self-motivator, but I have my moments.
Posted by Allison Burnett at 7:17 AM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Well Noah loved all of his presents!! Thank you to everyone for the birthday surprises and well-wishes. He plays with WALL-E, his sandbox, and his easel all the time. We had a pretty low-key birthday. We made strawberry muffins for breakfast and went out to the Macaroni Grill for dinner. Noah said he wanted Spaghetti for his birthday so that's what he got. He didn't eat any of it like always. They had about 10 tables too many in that place and it was making both Josh and I really on-edge. The waiter was going to bring out a piece of cake for Noah, but he took too long and we couldn't stand the crowd anymore so we just left. We hadn't told Noah so he was none the wiser. Otherwise we would have had to stay for cake, of course :)
We went out to the Atlanta zoo the next day. I barely took any photos at all because I was stressed out. Unfortunately we happened to go out there on "family day" in Atlanta. Every Atlanta resident or GA employee received some kind of discount... maybe even a free pass. I don't know, but it was CROWDED! It was ridiculous, really. The zoo wasn't all that great either. I mean it was a nice zoo, but it was a long drive for just an OK zoo. We had a fun time, don't get me wrong. I think it would have been a lot more fun if we had walking room. It was like being in WalMart with the over-packed aisles and rudeness.
So all in all we had a fun-filled, but crowded birthday weekend :) My baby is 4 now and is continuously telling me about school. We're not sending him to preschool. No need. He's social and he knows more than what he needs for kindergarten. I was talking with my sister Michelle and she brought up an excellent point. Once kids start school it consumes their entire childhood so why start early? Not that preschool is bad. I just want Noah to enjoy his last years as a "free man". He's been coloring non-stop. Before he got the easel he was coloring all day. He uses all different colors and stays in the lines. He's also been drawing. I love seeing the creative side of him :) He's a wonderful big brother to Tristan. Noah's just a great kid and I feel so blessed to have him in our lives!
All the pictures of the birthday are here on Flickr. I am not feeling up to re-uploading all of them and making them smaller for blogger.
Posted by Allison Burnett at 5:35 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here's one of Tristan standing up, getting into things. It's really easy to put Noah and Tris both up in Noah's room and just let them make huge messes and get into things. I think Tristan learns a lot through messes :)
The famous raspberry face. He will do the little phbbbt sound back to you if you do it to him. Maybe not all the time, but a lot of the time! It's fun :)
He was angry that I wouldn't let him eat my camera. I took the opportunity to get a shot of his 2 new bottom teeth. That brings the total to 8! He's been a great teether. I don't think they bother him too often. I've had to give him the occasional motrin when I can tell they really hurt... or maybe some baby orajel. But, overall he's still his usual pleasant self.
Noah's birthday is tomorrow! He keeps reminding me :)
Posted by Allison Burnett at 9:55 AM
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Well Tristan is 11 months old today. I can't believe it!! How did this time go by so quickly :( Still no walking, but he stands up on his own all the time. He's pretty stable too. He still has a voracious appetite. This morning he had applesauce, a whole banana, and 2 blueberry waffles. How is this even possible?! Then he had a nice poop-out too. Fun for Mommy :) I guess he was bringing in the new month with a back full o' poo and a morning bath. He's been showing a lot more interest in faces. He will poke you in the eyes and nose with his tiny baby tentacles. He gets all the pots and pans out and plays "band" with his brother. He must be more fun now because Noah will tell me "Tristan's not tired he wants to play with me in my room".
My Mom started a family photo scavenger hunt on the weekends. I like to call it Scavenger Saturday. We are given a list of things to find and a lot of us participate and then upload them to flickr. We sort of did it spur of the moment this time, but it was a lot of fun! Myself, Mom, Vita, and Michelle participated this weekend. We have so many photographers in our family I wouldn't be surprised if even more people start to play along. We took our scavenging to Strom Thurmond Lake. It was a really nice park with loooong trails. The drought in GA has the lake looking quite low, but it's still there! ;)
Noah's birthday is on Friday and he is EXCITED! This is the first year we can't shop with him in the store without his noticing. We tried! He looked out my window yesterday morning, into the back of the Honda and saw his presents. What are the odds... really. Luckily he didn't see his big presents. He is getting an art easel from Mommy and Daddy with 2 big easel books. It is a chalkboard/dry erase board. He's getting a sandbox from Grandma & Grandpa N. and a lot of sand toys from us to go with it. On Saturday we are taking him to the Atlanta Zoo :) I'll write all about his latest accomplishments in his birthday post. My baby is going to be 4! :(
Posted by Allison Burnett at 11:47 AM
Friday, August 08, 2008
We're back from Karrie's! It was one stressful day, but everything went well and Karrie still has Kiley. I was asked a lot of questions about the military in cross examination. I knew it would happen. Luckily I was able to get my point across that despite what people might think, moving every 3 or 4 years is really not that bad. People assume we move much more often than we actually do. Not only that, but WE don't have to move. Just the military member does. The military cannot tell your family what to do. I was also asked if Karrie is ever excessive with her discipline. Obviously not, or I'd never leave my kids with her. I probably would have turned her in myself if I believed that. I felt bad for the dad. He's actually a great dad. No one would deny that. But, there is just something about a Mom. I'm sure he's upset about the outcome. I'm sure he only pursued this because he was afraid that the military would take Clint really far away with family in tow and he wouldn't see his little girl anymore... or at least not as much as he used to. I can't say I really blame him for taking it to court, but it was a dirty battle that I wish didn't have to happen. I don't know what his lawyer was thinking advising him to take this case all the way to court because he really had no case whatsoever. He must have been trying to get money out of the dad.
In other news... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOSH!!! My man is a whole quarter of a century old today :O We plan on baking some brownies for him and maybe going out to eat. I gave him his present before I left (new wii game and a steering wheel) so that he would have something to occupy his free time. Noah wants to get him cherry juice, a spiderman surfboard, birthday hats, chocolate chip ice cream cake, balloons, and a soccer ball :) He also picked out and colored a picture for him. It happens to be a picture of Elmo on his Dad's shoulders standing in from of a Happy Birthday banner. Maybe his genius isn't accidental after all ;)
Posted by Allison Burnett at 1:07 PM
Monday, August 04, 2008
I added a couple new videos to YouTube. There are direct links to them on the sidebar. Check 'em out! I am going to be adding even more so keep a lookout. I took a few cute ones today.
Posted by Allison Burnett at 11:37 AM
I forgot to tell you all about a little incident that happened the day before we left.
Heather and I were taking the boys and dogs on our daily walk. Everything was going as normal. Dogs were sniffing around, strollers were rolling along with captivated babies in tow, Noah was running in circles in the grass near us. Noah had gotten a bit too far and a car was coming so I had him stop and wait. He decided it would be a great idea to pick up a rock and throw it into the road. Of course this was exactly as the car was driving past... a customized orange Charger with chrome accents and nice rims. The rock hit the pavement and bounced perfectly, smacking into the expensive rims. SH**!!! (I didn't say the full word) NOAH MICHAEL! GET OVER HERE!! I was not patient with him at all. He got spanked right there because he KNOWS better. I can't tell you how many times I've told this child not to throw rocks at people, animals, objects... or even at all.
The car slowed down a few feet ahead, but then picked up her speed again up to the stop sign at the end of the road. I just kept watching the brake lights, imagining myself getting yelled at with every flash... probably turning just as red in the face. I could see our insurance deductible... but wait... what insurance would even cover this?! NONE! I was nervous, angry, a little nauseated. Stop sign... she's stopped... well it's a stop sign. The lady gets out of her car and walks around to inspect where the rock hit. She looked for quite some time. We just kept walking towards her so that she knew I wasn't trying to "run away". We normally turned into the woods right where Noah had his moment of idiocy. She ended up climbing back into the car and driving off. I guess the damage wasn't bad, or maybe none at all. I watched her pull into the housing area and park. Must be home.
Heather and I walked around for awhile, discussing the situation. Well if there had been any damage she knew we were there so everything is probably fine. She didn't stop, that's her decision. Despite the prospect of dealing with someone angry or having to drop hundreds of dollars on a new rim... we decided to find her house. Noah needs to understand what he did was VERY wrong and apologize to her. Too bad our politicians never had this lesson, huh ;)
We found the car. It's pretty easy to find an orange Charger all chromed out with nice rims. I had been telling Noah on the walk over that he needed to tell the lady he was sorry for throwing a rock at her car. He needed to say it loudly and not laugh or smile... it's NOT funny. He slowly realized the severity of his actions and was ready to apologize when we got to the door. We knocked and there she was. I asked if she had just driven the charger down the road, "yes that was me", well my son wants to tell you something. "I sorry I throw rock at your car". The lady was so sweet. She held his hand and told him it was ok and asked "can we still be friends?". I was quite pleased and relieved. I made sure everything was OK with her car, which it was, and we headed for home.
I was quite proud of my son. He didn't shy away at the last second. He stood up straight at the door, lifted his head, and loudly and clearly apologized to a complete stranger for what he'd done. It was a good life lesson... for both of us.
Posted by Allison Burnett at 8:38 AM
Friday, August 01, 2008
We just got back from a week-long visit with Gpa and Gma B. Josh and I got to help a bit with the new house. It felt good to have something to paint again, especially since Gma was watching the bebes ;) We fished in the pond at the new house. This of course made Noah extremely happy. We didn't catch anything, but we had fun anyway. I think it was just too hot for the fish to be hungry and active.
We then went camping at the lake, rode on the jet skis, did a little toobing. Noah couldn't stop talking about making s'mores so we allowed a couple late sugar-filled nights. I think Noah really needed that alone time with Mommy and Daddy. We had fun making goofy faces and giving each other kisses :) Tristan didn't sleep too well in the camper, but we survived on what little sleep we were able to get. I think I fared better than Josh, but that's because I'm used to sleep deprivation from the munchkins.
Their camper is sweet!! We all slept quite comfortably inside (even with the port-a-crib). It had a kitchen, bathroom with shower, air conditioning, stereo. We want one... and jet skis would be pretty awesome as well. I was afraid to drive one at first, but before we left I mustered up the courage to drive with Josh on board. I would definitely do it again!
The second day we were there we took a short trip up to the Pea Ridge National Military Park, a famous civil war site and part of the Trail of Tears. It was pretty interesting. I didn't get to read much about the history because Tristan was on me in the carrier, cranky, not wanting to stand still for even a minute. He ended up falling asleep during the driving tour of the battlefields. We hit up the playground at the lake for a bit to enjoy the swings. Mostly we were in the water, though. It was hot! We had a great time while we were there!
We also got to see Great Gpa and Great Gma B. Hopefully we'll see more of them soon :) They drove 4 hours to visit with us for a couple hours. We really appreciate you guys coming out. We'll have to spend more time together next time. I took the opportunity of having us all present to snap a few family shots for my "grandparents wall" (I have a collection of 8x10s of the boys with all the grandparents).
Tristan is not as good a traveler as Noah was. He is not much of a cuddler so it was difficult for him to take a nap on the plane while being held. Imagine that... a baby that hates being rocked to sleep! He only cried for about 10 minutes or so both flights before eventually succumbing to exhaustion. He sure was happy to be in his own crib again! We all had a wonderful time.
The boys and I are heading back out for a couple days to go see Karrie again.
Posted by Allison Burnett at 9:36 PM