Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Neigh's Extreme Makeover

You may recall that a few months ago I did a post about Landon's beloved stuffed animal Neigh. About a month or so ago Neigh went through an Extreme Makeover. Here are the before and after pictures.



Landon's Birthday and Pirate Party

Landon's birthday was on August 7th. Since his birthday party wasn't until the next day as a family we had a little celebration for him. We went to Wendy's and got dinner and also rented "The Tale of Desperoux from the Redbox. We came home and set out a blanket in the living room and watched the movie and ate dinner. It was fun and low key. Landon also opened his presents from us. We gave him a V-tech Digital Camera and a "Phineas and Ferb" DVD.

The next day we had his birthday party. He chose a Pirate theme this year and I ordered 2 party kits from Stampin' Up! They came with invitations, banner, food toppers, pirate eye patches and treasure chests. It made party prep really easy. We started out the party by letting the kids swim for a little bit. Then we ate dinner. We had Submarine sandwiches, potato salad, chips, and fruit. After dinner we had a craft. The kids all made Pirate hats and eye patches. The eye patches came from the party kit and the Pirate hats came from a pattern that my mom has at her school. The kids all had fun making them.
After the craft Landon opened his presents. We of course set out the tape line that the other kids couldn't cross. I can't say that it works perfectly, but it is a lot better than it used to be! Landon got some really good gifts. Like all boys he doesn't care much for the clothes that he open, but he did get some cowboy boots and he loves those!!

After he opened presents we went on a treasure hunt. I had made up some clues and we hid them in the backyard at different places. The clues were typed up on paper, the edges were burned to look like pirate maps and rolled up and tied with string. The kids had fun listening to the clues and then running to the correct place to find the next clues. These are the clues I had:

  1. I can roast hot dogs and marshmellows here (firepit)
  2. I'm the shape of a rainbow but a little more bumpy (arch Jamie made)
  3. I go here to look through the looking glass (telescope on the playset)
  4. I'm pretty and I bloom in the Summer and Spring (Flower Bed)
  5. When I am thirsty I can get a drink here (drinking fountain)
  6. Landon's grandpa grows tomatoes here (garden)
  7. You walk through me to get from the front yard to the back yard (gate)
  8. I'm round and shaped like a ball--but don't try to bounce me! (fountain by the fire pit)
  9. Here you can send or receive mail if you are playing house (play house)
  10. Here I can build castles in the sand and X marks the spot where I can dig (sand box)

At the sandbox the kids had to dig to find the treasure. They each got their own individual treasure box that was filled with chocolate coins. The party ended with cupcakes. I think that everyone had a fun time!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Finally.....An Update!!

I was told by a friend of mine that I needed to update my blog and she is right. I know that I need to, but things have been really busy lately. Now life is slowing down a little and I can finally update. I spent a lot of time the last 2 weeks making Payson's birth announcements and I finally finished them earlier this week. What an accomlishment. But I think I am getting ahead of myself.

Payson David Lund was born on June 23rd. He is the 4th and last. That in itself has made life more hectic. I am so glad that he has joined our family. He is such a sweet and good baby! I went into the hospital at 8:30 and it was probably around 10:00 or so that I recieved the epidural. I had to get it twice because the first time the doctor hit a blood vessell. That was the biggest shock of my life! Payson was born at 3:21 p.m. and was 8 lbs. 9 oz. and 20 inches long. During labor I also had low blood pressure and they had to get it back up before increasing the pitocin. It was making me sick and nauseous. They also had to use the vaccuum to get him out because his head kept turning sideways. He is such a joy to have around
The Sunday before he was born we were at my mom and dad's house. Reagan was climbing up on the piano bench and slipped and hit her chin on the edge. It started to bleed. Dave was at his parent's visiting his mom so I called and told him that Reagan might need stitches. We took Reagan to the InstaCare and she ended up getting 2 stitches in her chin. She was so brave the whole time. She didn't even cry but she did whimper a little bit. She is usually pretty talkative, but she wouldn't answer any questions the doctor asked. As soon as we left thought she was talking lots!The last thing that has happened is that Emma has started Kindergarten. I now have 2 kids in school even if one of them is only in school for 1/2 day. Her teacher is Mrs. Black and Emma really seems to like her. It has gotten awfully quiet here in the mornings with 2 kids off at school. On Emma's first day of school I took her and they had a little activity that they did with a parent the first 20 minutes. Emma took the bus home and I think she really enjoys riding the bus. She is really enjoying Kindergarten also!