Thursday, January 28, 2010
I was recently contacted by CSNStore's promo team and they offered to sponsor my first giveaway here on Behind the Three.
Melissa and Doug is one of my favorite brands when it comes to kiddie toys. Well made and whimsical, M & D's toys just exude happiness and encourage childlike wonder. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to giveaway a Melissa and Doug Flapping Duck Push Toy, courtesy of CSN's toysandgamesonline.com. Rian and I love finding online resources for amazingly priced toys - and this site is one stop shopping! If you have little ones of your own, your best friend is expecting or if this little dude just makes you happy, please sign up as a follower and leave a comment and win the chance to give him a home. (Folks that are already a follower just leave a comment.)
1. Only one entry per person.
2. No anonymous entries will be considered - I need a name and an email address folks!
3. The winner will be selected Febrary 5th using Random.org.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sorry for the play on a Talking Heads song but I thought it appropriate. Well there has been a new development with the Critters.................(drumroll)......................talking! Reese has decided to take the bull by the horns and start talking. As his mom said, "he is so smart, well on his way to becoming a doctor." While his first word wasn't "cardiologist," it was still impressive. Reese decided to start small with the word "DaDa." Now a lot of the time he will string it together six times ("DaDaDaDaDaDa"), but there have been some occasions where he will just say it once. Of coarse it is about as tough to get in video as Bigfoot.
I think Hadley will be the next to speak, you can just see she is trying so hard. As everyone should know by now CarCar will do things when she is good and ready, so we have stopped speculating on when we think she will do things.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Over the next few days it was fun to watch Reese and Uncle George interact. Uncle George pretty much became the sole person who fed Reese. Uncle George would have the bottle, bib, burp cloth, and binky ready before he would begin the feed. While this was convenient for Uncle George, Reese would sometimes get a little impatient.
Over the next few days Uncle George would come up with persona's for Reese depending on what he was wearing that day. The first day Reese was a banker due the the button down and sweater vest that he had on. The next day Reese was a pirate. This was my favorite day to see Reese and Uncle George together. George came up with some great quotes for Reese:
1. Shiver me timbers.
2. Hey buddy, pirates don't cry.
3. Hey buddy, I don't think that pirates use binkies.
There was also a lot of "ARGGGGGG's" said.
The next day Reese became a soccer player due to his striped onsie he had on. Finally Reese was a lumberjack. He had a flannel plaid shirt on and really looked like he should be toting around an axe. George informed Reese that he had a "Husqvarna" chainsaw and that he could use it. Rian nixed this idea spouting something along the lines of Reese being too young and too small. As Uncle George would say, "Oh well, too bad little buddy, maybe when you get older."
You could definitely tell that Reese and Uncle George made an connection and Reese can't wait until he can see his Uncle George again.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
She was apparently trying to be a Mexican Wrestler known as a Lucha Libre or she was planning on holding up Costco. Luckily we were able to talk her down and we fixed her fashionista hat before we entered the store.
P.S. - CarCar is the funloving Critter so she wanted you all to have fun with this link.
The Critters were baptised on January 3, 2010. It was a wonderful sunny (a little bit cold) day. We headed off to St. Lukes Lutheran Church, were Rian and I were married, around 10:00AM. We had to have a quick run of the program and then we were off. Pastor Arp, who also married us, performed the Baptism. Each God Parent held their God Son/Daughter during the Baptism. Jane held Carson Jane, Allison held Hadley Ann, and Laura held Reese David. It was a wonderful service and the Critters were excellent. There was not a hitch during the service. As usual the Critters looked exceptional in their Christening gowns/suit.
After the service everyone loaded up and headed over to Chez Vincent for the Baptismal Luncheon. It was a wonderful meal, and it was even better with the folks that were there. It truly was a perfect day. I want to thank everyone who came to share in the Critters special day.
Rian and I were able to sneak off to the Gator Bowl to see Florida State take on West Virginia in Bobby Bowden's last game. Let's just say that it wasn't the nicest of days. The weather folks got it wrong once again. I wish I had a job where I could be wrong 50% of the time. It felt more like the game was in West Virginia rather than Jacksonville, Florida. Throw a little rain on top of temps in the 40s and you have a great tailgating day. Oh, and for good measure Rian and I had flip-flops on, because once again it wasn't supposed to be cold.
Luckily we took Grandma Kate's car and she had some jackets and scarves in the back, the bad part is all of the outerwear was Navy and Yellow - West Virginia University school colors. Rian was decked out in yellow (pseudo gold) pants and a white shirt and I had on my new FSU game day pants and a white shirt. You can see where I am going with this, Rian looked like a straight up West Virginia fan, and I just looked really confused when I added the navy and yellow jacket to my FSU pants. People kept asking me if I was confused or rooting for both teams so I just told people I was celebrating the entirety of Bowden's career. (Note: I have no idea what Sanford's colors are.)
It stopped raining around kickoff so instead of rainy and cold it was just windy and cold in our upper deck seats. The game was great, an FSU win, which this season was few and far between. We headed off back to Orlando after the game to get some much needed rest.
Monday, January 11, 2010
It started off innocently enough, Uncle George was playing with Brother and he detected a whiff of something foul. I grab Brother to change him. I take off his jeans without a second thought and I grab his leg to lift his rear end up and that's when I noticed it. MY HAND WAS COVERED IN POOP. Brother had pooped so much that the poor Pampers diaper just couldn't contain it. It was all down his leg and it coated the inside of his jeans.
As you can imagine the sight of my hand covered in poop got quite a reaction from Rian. She is screaming about how disgusting it is, all the while not getting me any paper towels for my hand. I remove the diaper and it only got worse from there. I really did not know an eight month old child could poop this much. The poop had gone up his back and somehow it made its way to his armpit. How it got there I have no idea. At that point I made that command decision to wipe everything off and head straight for the tub for a bath. 10 minutes later Brother was a new man, about a pound lighter and squeaky clean.
His clothes were another story. I had to take them outside and hose them off before putting them in the washer.
We figured out the culprit was summer squash, needless to say that will not be served in our household again.
8:37AM - While not world record time, I caught up to Dog Sis. Now we start the cat and mouse game. We run down this easement for awhile until I start to see familiar houses. I couldn't believe it but I am now back where I started in my mother's neighborhood. This chase has now gone through two counties in Central Florida.
9:10AM - After more cat and mouse games, I thought that I had Dog Sis penned up in the lake by my mom's house (It is fenced in aside from a few walkways). I took off for my mom's house to tell Rian to call Grandma Kate and have the troops head to my mom's neighborhood.
9:25AM - Reinforcements arrive and they find an exhausted, flip-flopless, and muddy Chris, and a Dog Sis who is ready for a little more fun. My mom pulled some sort of police cruiser move and had her car blocking the road in front of Dog Sis. She called out an Abbey ran right to her (why couldn't we do this an hour ago). Dog Sis had been apprehended. After retrieving my flip-flops from the easement we headed back to Grandma Kate's were a nap was had by all.
8:01AM (1/2/10) - Here we go again! Dog Sis has now used her teeth to rip a hole in the orange plastic fencing. I will spare you all the details but we apprehended her in under 25 minutes this time.
Needless to say that day a lot of metal fencing was purchased in Central Florida. That remedied the situation.
It is a good thing that we all like Dog Sis.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
We were off once again in the shuttle heading to the wedding/reception site. (Note: a shuttle is a very nice feature for parents on their first Critterless venture.) The ceremony was held outside at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Unfortunately we were told if we were 5 minutes earlier we could have seen a good size gator crawl out of the pond and into the brush. After a wonderful ceremony we headed inside to the reception site. Off to the bar. Let me just say that the band they had blew away any other wedding band I have seen. Another great time had by all, but we retired a little earlier because we had to hit the road and pick up the Critters. We headed to the Serving Spoon that morning for breakfast and were off to Wildwood. We had a great Critterless weekend but couldn't wait to scoop up the little guys and head home. Even better, I only had a three day work week when we got back, then off to Orlando for Christmas.