Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lost a tooth!

When Maggie heard the dentist mention he might pull out her tooth if it didn't fall out soon, she got straight to work on wiggling it. She was complaining that it hurt today and wanted some of Sean's teething tablets. It came out when she bit into an extremely soft peach. At first she cried a little. I thought she had bit her lip. But then she reached into her mouth and pulled out her tooth! Here she is showing it to Sean.

Maggie and Grandma Nancy had just made a little tooth fairy pouch to put her teeth in about 2 days ago. Here it is tied to the door knob of her bedroom awaiting the tooth fairy tonight! (I never noticed how dirty her door was until I looked at this picture!)

We are not hiding it under the pillow because I know I would wake her up if I tried to retreive it. Plus, being on the doorknob, perhaps I will actually remember to take the tooth and leave her a suprise. I'm not sure the going rate for teeth these days. I asked Maggie what she thought the tooth fairy would leave her and she said a dollar so I think that is what I will leave. ;)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Unplug Your Kids -- Stone

This weeks theme from Unplug Your Kid was stone. I was hoping to make some stone soup but Maggie had other ideas, which was just fine! While we were hiking to the playground the other evening, she found some stones. And the next day she painted them. Some also have googely eyes. It was fun.

Sean spent his time trying to teeth on the larger stone. It was a little hard for his chompers so he gave up and went to unload the dishrags from the bottom drawer. Oh...and speaking of teeth, Maggie has a loose one! (First!)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

More fillings for Maggie

Maggie had her teeth cleaned Tuesday and the doc saw a need for 2 more fillings. She had them done this morning and it was HORRIBLE! I felt so bad for her. She didn't like the nitrous oxide gas mask they put on her and kept trying to take it off. And the dentist was fairly irritating. This was a pediatric dentist, which our insurance doesn't cover. We tried to get an appointment with her regular dentist, but after her last cleaning, when she wouldn't let them finish because the cold water spritzer hurt her teeth, they won't let her come back until she is older. I was so mad! They kicked us out! She did fine there the previous 4 times and now the receptionist won't let us schedule an appointment. Our dental insurance is lousy. It won't let us change dentists except once a year, which will be January for Maggie. So Maggie is basically without a regular dentist until then. In the mean time we have to pay for the one we used today. Grrrrr.....

On top of that, Maggie has not lost any baby teeth yet, but her adult teeth are coming in right behind the baby teeth. It looks kind of like shark teeth. The dentist said he would have to pull the baby teeth out at the end of the summer if they don't fall out. Waaaaahhhhh! Is this necessary so soon? Can we let them hang out a little longer? I've been trying to get Maggie to wiggle her teeth so those baby ones will fall out, but they just aren't loose. So more dentistry may be in our future.

Oh, and did I mention she has 7 more "spots to watch" on her teeth which may become in need of fillings? Why is this happening? The dentist said I need to have her "cut back on the sodas". I looked at him dumbly and said she has never drank a soda in her life. And I cut her juice consumption down to almost nothing last year when we first learned Maggie was having tooth problems. We are brushing like mad, use a brush on flouride gel (the $27 toothpaste). What else can we do?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bloody Nose!

Sean had his first bloody nose today. :( Maggie was running around and tripped over him, kicking him in the face as she fell to the ground. I watched the whole thing in what seemed like slow motion from the kitchen. Poor baby! I scooped him up and was tending to the blood and the screaming while Maggie started sulking saying we only cared about Sean and not her. Well...she was uninjured. Of course I'm going to take care of Sean first. *irked* Everyone is fine now. The bridge of Sean's nose is purple though.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Unplug Your Kids -- Sky

Well, I found this website recently, Unplug Your Kids, and decided to join in the fun this week. The theme was "sky" and Maggie had been asking recently to look at the moon, so I finally dragged out my telescope. Its been a while...not since Sean was born. But with work a distant memory over the summer, and everyone feeling rested, it was definately time to bring the telescope out.

Maggie helped me set it up and then I taught her how to use the Telrad to sight her object in the sky and use that to slew the telescope to the correct position. It didn't take her too long to find the moon.

She learned very quickly and was soon off to view a nearby star. It was about 8:30 at night and not too dark yet. Plus with brush fires, pollution, thunderstorms, and city lights, the seeing wasn't all that great. Maggie had a great time regardless, and it was fun for me to see her getting so excited. I think, when the weather is a little better, I will let her stay up a bit later so we can view something other than the moon. The moon is cool, and a great first object, but I think she is ready for some planets and maybe a few bright double stars. We will leave the fainter objects for viewing outside of the city lights.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! We had a fun day. I tried to get a cute photo of my kids in their holiday garb, but they weren't into it.

We had fun making a 4th of July feast. Below is our jello flag. Very tasty.

And we also tried our hand at an appetizer we had at a dinner party last week...little smokeys wrapped in bits of crescent rolls. Oh so bad for you but oh so good. We ate them as a main dish though. ;) Here is Maggie making sure that each one has a flag toothpick.

Next Maggie decorated the stroller and her bike. And we went for a "parade" around the neighborhood.

Next Glen brought out the smoke bombs. Fireworks are illegal in Arizona. We couldn't even find sparklers. This is the best we could do. Oh...and we were eating pop rocks too. So that was like having fireworks in your mouth.

Finally...its dark. We walked down to the duck pond in order to see the town lake fireworks. We had stocked up on glo-sticks at the dollar store and had lots of fun with them while we were waiting for the show to start.

Cool pictures huh! Thats "night" mode on my camera. Back home and everyone in bed at 10:30 pm. Phew. Long day.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Splash Park

We've gotten into the habit recently of eating early and then going out in the evenings after hiding out from the sun all day. Last night we went to the Splash Park down by the lake during sunset to cool off.

Although you might not be able to tell from the picture below, Maggie is standing in a waterfall.

We've also gotten into the habit of grilling chicken in the backyard. Glen has figured out exactly how to cook it so everyone in the family is happy, including Sean. :) We've also grilled a lot of eggplant. Our CSA keeps delivering eggplant and none of use particularly like it, but its tolerable when grilled.

This past week we've been visiting a lot of public pools to go swimming. Grandma's pool is infested with algae and the chemicals she had to put in there to kill it make us not want to go there for awhile. Unfortuneately, the high chlorine at the public pools is really making Maggie's eyes irritated as she swims underwater with her eyes open so much, and wont wear goggles. The splash park was a nice change to give Maggie's eyes a break. However, Glen and I were still hot. Well, we got a few splashes to cool us off.