This fall, Brittni Rhodes from Gigglethis Studios asked if I would be able to take some pictures of her Holidaycation 2016 at the Craft Weekend House... Of course I said YES! I had always wanted to go to see the Craft Weekend house and this was my chance! To read more about Craft Weekend, click here. It is a house that Meg Duerksen used to live in with her family and now rents it out to others and also hosts Craft Weekends at herself with guest teachers.
Brittni rented the house out for her Holidaycation 2016 which I have to say turned out AWESOME! She is a former teacher who now stays at home with her adorable kiddos and hosts craft classes, sewing classes and hosts birthday parties like the one I blogged about here for Kaia's birthday a few years back! She is great with kids and has so much fun with with everyone she meets. I actually met her when I went to one of her craft classes at her old studio... She recently moved into a new studio which I can't wait to see!
The crafters got to spend the night in these ginormous bedrooms upstairs although I am pretty sure they stayed up most of the night crafting... :) You had to go up these lovely rainbow stairs to get to the bedrooms... I so want to paint my stairs like this now! ;)
I loved all of the bedrooms, but my favorite was the one with the gorgeous yellow fireplace!
These two bedrooms had sliding doors between them that opened and made it into one big room. So awesome!
The turquoise bed in this picture used to be an ugly brown but I painted it turquoise but didn't have space for it and so I sold it to Meg a few years back. Doesn't it look lovely next to her big sunflower canvas? It's fun to see it pop up on her blog and instagram from time to time. :)
This is another view of the room with the fireplace. I love all how light and airy it feels!
I think the master bathroom was as big as some of the bedrooms and my favorite color for a bathroom... WHITE... and a chandelier, yes please! There are two or three bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs... So many bathrooms!
I took all of the pictures of the upstairs the day before and took some product pictures of the surprise gifts the crafters recieved from the sponsors. What fun gifts! Each one was wrapped and each crafter picked a gift at random to take home.
The next day the girls got to work on a few more projects! The pegboard below was such a great idea and could serve so many different functions! I love the way it is used as a wrapping station here.
The other one was some framed paintings. The ones below were inspiration examples. Aren't they cute?!
Brittni helped them through some of the steps and guided them with the process of making the frames.
The Organic Bloom donated these adorable little frames to use on their projects! You should look her up on instagram and like her facebook page! Love her frames!
The ladies got to work on painting and it was fun to watch everybody... Everyone's projects were all different!
There was so much room to spread out on the tables even with so many people.
They even got to use nail guns!
While everyone was hard at work, Kaitlen was in charge of all of the food prep, and it was all so delicious!
I'm sure Brittni is super grateful to these two ladies for helping her all weekend! While Kaitlen prepared and served all of the food, while Greta helped with the crafts~
As is tradition at the craft house I think, the ladies all took a group picture. This one they featured their beautiful frame art! Love it! I had so much fun hanging out with this group of gals and I am sure they had an awesome getaway weekend and left home feeling refreshed and inspired to do more crafting! Thanks so much Brittni for letting me be a part of your fun weekend!
This weekend my husband and I got to go on a little getaway without the kids to see one of our favorite bands... He suggested the next day we go shopping at ikea and the outlet mall there to do some Christmas shopping... I had been eyeing this ikea tree for a while, and even though we prefer real trees over fake ones, we decided to give it a try.
When I got it home however, it just didn't seem to fit in with our white walls and bright colored decor... so I had an idea... Who said it had to be green? I had spray painted things before so I was pretty sure it was worth a try... I got I think, 4 cans of this paint... Ocean Mist by Rust-oleum. I could have picked a different color, but as most people know, I have a weakness for turquoise! I do like to mix it with other colors though, so the decorations will be different colors. I bought a can of pink and plan to do a smaller pink tree sometime. Really, you could do any color.
I also did this white tree that I had, which works much better than the green! It was dingy and yellowing, so I wasn't sad to freshen it up a bit. It turned out really cute! I think a bright pink or metallic gold, or coral or yellow could be fun too. The possibilities are endless! You could also do a wreath or garland too, it would work just the same.
This is what it looks like at night, all lit up. I took this picture with my phone so it doesn't do it justice. I painted the light strand to match the tree too.
I left it standing and put an old plastic table cloth underneath and went at it... The dark color made it take a few coats, and I had to go around and move the branches and make sure I got the underneath coated well too. I came back after it dried and brought it inside, and discovered a few spots that could use some touch up, but they ran out of that color of paint at the store and nobody else in town carried it!
It looks mostly done now, I forgot to take a picture of it before I took it inside, but I plan on re-touching it this weekend, when hopefully my sister brings some more paint for me from the store in her town. I think it turned out pretty well, but I do miss the smell of a fresh tree in the house... We may still make a trip to the tree farm and let the kids pick a small one that we can cut down ourselves and put in another room. It is still a fun tradition for us. I will let the kids decorate that tree, but this one is for me to decorate, and I can't wait! I will post another picture when it is decorated, hopefully later this week! I don't think I will ever decorate with red or green again! It just doesn't match our house... But these trees fit right in!
Last spring, I went to Minnesota with my Mom, my sister and Nora to celebrate my Grandma's 90th birthday!
It was fun to see her having so much fun at her party. The cards and flowers and friends and family meant the world to her!
For a few years now she has been in a nursing home after having several falls, and a heart attack episode. She was sad at first to move out because she just moved into an independent living facility. My Grandma is a very independent person and I see it is a struggle to let other people take care of her all of the time and not have a house to call her own anymore, but it is for the best and I think she realizes that and now actually enjoys the social aspect of being there. She was always a social butterfly and now she could go right out of her room and there were people to talk to all of the time! They have fun social events too, like prom (last year she took my sister and this year she took my Mom.) Halloween they hand out candy to the trick or treating kids and every Friday they have happy hour where they can enjoy a cold beverage (first time I ever had a wine cooler with my Grandma!) and snacks are available for their guests that come to see them. Both of my Aunt's that live nearby often come by to play cards with her and sometimes my cousin comes by with her little baby boy.
I am grateful she has family nearby to keep her company and visit often, although I wish she lived closer so I could see her more often. Nora talks about and asks about Great Grandma all of the time! She knows her the best because she is often the one I take with me on my trips there. It is a long trip for the other kids and they don't always want to come and to be honest, it's just more peaceful with one kid... :)
She was delighted to see her neighbor from when she was a young Mom with 5 young kids living at "Pedersen's Corner." (A gas station she and my late Grandpa ran and lived on the same lot that was later torn down and had a road built through it.)
I was glad we took the picture of her and her living siblings, (except for one that couldn't make the trip) especially because her brother Virgil, pictured to her left passed away recently.
We also got her up out of her wheelchair for this picture with her daughters... (She also had a son named Jimmy who died in a house fire about 10 years or more ago.)
This picture to me will be the most special though. It is the last time I saw her that she was able to see me back. About a month ago, her eyes started to deteriorate badly and now she can hardly see the person next to her. She gets shots that are supposed to help slow down the process but they most likely won't get better.
Yesterday morning she had surgery after falling out of bed and hurting her hip. It was a risky surgery, but she chose to do it so she wouldn't be in pain the rest of her life. Soon after her surgery she had several seizure episodes and the last one stopped breathing and responding and the seizure lasted over 4 minutes. When she came around, she didn't recognize her own daughters. They gave her medicine to stop the seizures and she is doing better but not out of the boat yet. If you are the praying type, please say a prayer for my Grandma.
I am so glad I made the trip, even if it was a long drive to get there and hope I get to make another one to see her soon. I love this lady and am so glad I got to share this special day with her!
Every Halloween is very busy for us, especially since most of the kids are all in school now...
We usually go trick or treating in Wichita, after I rush home from work, get the kids ready, and rush them up to my husband's workplace where they have their annual office trick or treating where you go from desk to desk and get candy from all of the people that work in the company. It is a fun tradition and something I look forward to every year. Sadly, I don't have many pictures from past Halloweens because we get so busy I didn't take the time to do it. I do have some from my phone, but I would have to search a while to find them all.
The picture above is from last year... Click here to see more of those pictures and the story of my adventure this last year to begin my health journey.
Last year Halloween happened to fall on a weekend... SO I finally took the time to take some good pictures of the kids in their costumes, which will now be a yearly tradition! Although, I sadly fear Ethan will think he is too grown up to wear a costume soon now that he started middle school this year, which makes these last few photo shoots even more special to me.
This year everyone decided to go trick or treating in our home town... so I decided to surprise my parents and take the kids to see them first. They haven't been able to see the kids in their costumes since Ethan started going to school in Kindergarten because there just wasn't enough time in the day. I saw these beautiful trees in my parent's front yard the day before and knew it would be the perfect place to take a few quick pics of the kids. I don't have many of Ethan because he was too interested in riding his new rip stik he got for his birthday and wasn't interested in taking pictures but knew it was important to me so he cooperated for a few. Then he was off!
Kaia is always willing to pose for a few good pictures, that is why I always have more of her... I found the 2 scarves and the belt last year for $1 a piece on clearance in January and thought it would make the perfect Rae costume from the new Star Wars movie! I had bought some short sweatpants and cloth to wrap around her arms, and originally she had a short sleeve shirt, but since I was sick earlier in the week, and they already had a different costume thing to go to, I didn't get the laundry done in time... Oh well. I still think it turned out pretty good! (I am not the most creative when it comes to home made costumes)
Nora decided she wanted to be Kilo Ren this year and would hear of being nothing else! She is obsessed with the character, which is a little strange, but totally her. It matched the theme so we went with it. I was excited when I found her mask for $3 in the Target dollar section! She then used a ninja costume one of the other kids had used from a different year to finish it off. Cheap costumes are a bonus when you have four kids!
My original idea for Kien because I didn't want to spend $30 or more on a costume for a Finn costume was to use his Clone Trooper costume from last year and paint blood on the mask like the scene in the movie but he was quick to point out the day before Halloween that it wasn't a FIRST ORDER mask like the one in the movie... apparently there are different types of Clone Trooper masks? Who knew? So I looked on Amazon and found one with free shipping for $6 and used Amazon Prime to get it here on Halloween day! I painted the blood on with fake blood paint right before we left. I think it turned out really good! I uses the main costume suit from last year and Voila! He was the Clone Trooper Finn! So for a total of around $30, (I had to buy Ethan's new because he outgrew his costume from last year and didn't want to be the same thing again) I came up with all of the costumes! Not bad for four kids! Usually they are around $30 each!
They were excited when I finished taking pictures so they could go trick or treating!
Needless to say, my parents were excited to see the kids this year since it had been over four years since they had them come to their house on Halloween! It took a little more effort but I am so happy I took the time to capture these memories again this year! Next year I will have to pick a different theme for costumes, and I already have a few in mind! Now that Halloween is over, it's time to move onto Christmas- OBVIOUSLY! Ha! When you are a photographer, you always have to be thinking a season or holiday ahead... :)
I had so much fun styling this shoot! I decided to use the tee pee for the inspiration and decided not to go with the traditional red for this shoot. I had the wings for years and never put them in use until now. The "love never ends" sign I got from etsy created by recipeforcrazy. She is on instagram as lesleyzellers and you should follow her! She makes awesome inspirational prints to hang in your home or give to friends! I have several of them throughout our house and it makes me happy whenever I see them! I saw this one and knew it would be perfect!
A few days before the shoot I made a quick trip to TJ Maxx and Ross and picked up some accessories. I got the blue arrows pillow and the milk glassses from Target a while back.
Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right? Oh, well. That's how I roll sometimes. I had been searching for the perfect accessories for a month or so but hadn't seen exactly what I wanted until I found these pillows! I love the touches of coral, yellow and turquoise! My favorite colors! I wanted to do a Valentine theme, but still have it be something you could hang in your home all year long and it wouldn't seem too seasonal.
The next issue I had was the weather... How would I do an outdoor shoot in the end of January?! I watched the weather and did re-schedule once because of it but I am soooo glad I did! We ended up with a 65 degree day with hardly any wind and the perfect clouds last Saturday! Sometimes you have to love Kansas and the crazy weather we have.
These two little cuties were first up! Don't you just love his little bow-tie? I also loved the black and white dress! They worked perfectly with the colors I chose to use for the shoot.
He didn't actually know how to use a straw but it got him to sit in one place for a little while so I could get a few good shots!
This little girl was posing it up for the camera! So cute.
Next up was this handsome little guy! I just love his blonde hair and I am a sucker for Adidas shoes... Love!
He came to the Hot Chocolate mini session too! It's always fun to see familiar faces. He really warmed up to me this time and I got this cute little smile.
Little boys are always happy when you feed them!
This adorable little girl just turned two and was on the go! She loved being by her Mommy's leg... but then she discovered she could go inside the tent and would smile like this when she would come out.
She ate a cookie or two and had some milk and she was on her way!
Last but not least were these super adorable siblings! I just LOVED their outfits and would love to have their Mommy be my stylist! I worked with them since the older boy was only 6 months old and now they have a new little guy to add to the fun!
Can't you just feel all of the LOVE? I can't wait to do the next mini session! I will be doing an Easter one and a Mommy and me this spring. I hope to see some of you there! Keep watching my facebook page and instagram for more details on those as we get closer!
It was a rough fall and winter, but I made it through! I juggled working full time, and my photography business was busy this year which I am very grateful for, but it was still hard to keep up with it all. Throw into the mix sick kiddos every once in a while and dealing with my own pre-diabetes issues and trying to figure that all out and trying to still make time to exercise and eat right. Yikes. But I did it! Somehow. And I lost around 15 lbs! I would still like to lose a bit more, but that was my original starting goal and I did it! I feel so much better now! I am for sure going to keep up with the new diet and exercising and make it a way of life! Even if my numbers go down on my diabetes test that I will be taking in a few months, I am still prone to diabetes because I have a strong family history of it. Staying at a healthier weight will hopefully decrease my chances! That, along with keeping my migraines at bay is the main goal. Healthy. That is the word of the year.
How did I do it?
I walked/ran almost every day. Even on the cold days. Luckily we had a pretty mild winter for the most part. I bought workout clothes and layered the jackets to keep warm.
I walked kids in the wagons to the grocery store...
I bought healthy food to put into the cart... No more than could fit into a wagon or me holding the bags on the way home.
The other day I even walked with Nora to go to the bus to get the other kids because I got off of work early. We even brought a friend home with us!
When it started to get super cold out I invested in some workout things and was going to turn my basement into a gym... But... I figured that by the time I got that finished, it would be nice out again!
Maybe by next year when it gets cold I will actually finish it up! Haha.
I read in a magazine one day about you tube having virtual group workouts! I decided that is another way I can exercise when it is cold... And it turns out the kids are wanting to join in! I have had some suggestions on other you tube videos to try which may be more kid friendly, so I may try those sometime.
I found these super cute workout outfits and yoga mats at TJ Maxx for the girls since they wanted to exercise with me. Besides they were so cute and the only ones left in their size! Nora already had the little pink jacket from Christmas, but I found the exact matching pants!
I am trying to be a positive role model and making sure it's more about making healthier choices and exercising to be healthy, not just to lose weight and be skinnier. Because I know their little eyes are watching. My husband has taken over most of the cooking and is looking in to healthier diabetic friendly meal plans too.
I have been working on the playroom since last spring and my husband finally had some days off work and finished painting it for me! He is the best! Then I got to do the fun part and decorate it! I do the videos in there now because that is where the the internet is. Besides it is way cuter in there and I get to hang out with these little guys instead of in the ugly basement by myself. The kids are great motivators!
I found this super cute doll house on a buy/sale/trade site and they even delivered it! I had been keeping an eye out for one for quite sometime and this one fits Barbie sized dolls! I used the top two rooms to display some of the other girls' toys.
For Christmas we got the kids a video game system. They have been wanting one for years and we have been saying no for years... but it works as a great incentive for them to keep their room clean and do their homework! It has been clean (for the most part) every day since Christmas! We went through all of their toys and decluttered quite a bit. I took EVERYTHING out of the room and only put back what I thought they needed or used.
We have also been having lots of family movie nights! We have never really had them until a few months ago while everyone would watch a movie while I edited. Since Christmas we started watching them in the playroom. I put a vinyl cloth or a big sheet down so they don't spill on the new rug. That is the only time we let them eat in there. I pop popcorn from my new whirly-pop. I love it! I bought it on a whim when I was walking downtown one day. It literally takes 3 minutes to make healthier popcorn. Just as long as the microwave kind. It is pretty easy to clean too and tastes so much better! Needless to say we ditched the microwave popcorn for good!
So far we have watched so many favorites:
The Princess Bride
The entire Star Wars series
Elf & A Christmas Story (on Christmas Eve) That may become a tradition!
We (the kids and I) just started the Little House on the Prairie t.v. series this morning! They LOVE it.
If have good suggestions for movies to watch, comment below! I am running out of ideas!
This little boy has been asking to go to bed early and to take naps... What? He isn't sick. Just sleepy. I don't mind a bit. I think he misses me and I miss him now that he is in Kindergarten. He and the others are growing way too fast! It makes me sad, but I also enjoy seeing the little people they are becoming! It also means I need to make sure to take time out to spend with them.
Sorry these are mostly pictures from my iphone but that is how it has been these days. New years resolutions to blog more and use my big girl camera more! Right now I am working on finishing up all of my photography projects this month except for one wedding next month. I have a new camera and we need to update my computer and install a few new programs so I am planning on taking February off and maybe part of March while that happens and also to spend more time with my little family. I will do the Valentine Mini Session next weekend and one other scheduled session and a wedding reception that I already have scheduled and then I am taking a much needed break! Besides, it's been too cold lately and I am constantly having to reschedule sessions which I hate doing, but who wants to take pictures out when it's 14 degrees?? Hope everyone is having a great New Year and I will see you when it gets warmer out!
So I've had this idea for a while now... But I needed a stand first. I texted my Dad some pictures of stands that I liked and he made his own awesome version! He texted me a picture a few days later of what he had come up with. I LOVED it. I couldn't wait to gather up things to stylize the shoot I had been dreaming up in my head.
I had a bunch of various styles of white mugs that came with the sets of dishes we bought last year when we hosted Christmas at our house. I loved them, but didn't really have a use for them until now. I don't drink coffee and I cut way back on sugar and carbs so hot chocolate for me was out of the question... So there they sat in the cupboard until last week. I had some fun red and white paper straws on hand and bought some accessories at Target and Wal-Mart to dress it up a bit! The fabric I found at the local fabric shop in town that is going out of business soon so I got them at a deep discount! They turned out to match perfectly! I was originally going to make bunting out of them but never had time to get it sewn together so when I came across the Fa la la la la banner in the Target dollar section I fell in love! The next day I was walking by the antique store downtown and came across the old wooden sled... It was perfect! And then the next day? I found the awesome red lantern at the grocery store on sale. I didn't even realize that it lit up until the kids turned it on in the car!
I decided to take the kids pictures because I knew if I didn't do it now, I would be way to busy the day of the shoot to take their pics and it just wouldn't happen.
I let them go play in the trees while I set up the shoot. They loved playing hide and seek and pretending they were running from a monster.
I finally got it all set up and had them come take a picture in front of the setup just in case they got all messy!
I may or may not have sprayed whip cream from the can in their mouths to all get them to sit in one spot and not run around. Haha! Whatever works, right?!
After I took some with them together, I let them have at it. They loved pretending they were selling the hot chocolate to each other! I am pretty sure the stand will make it's way into the new playroom when I am done with it.
I bought some containers to keep the hot chocolate warm and it worked out really well! The new mustache cups I got were a hit!
I hand painted the sign a few days ago and I really like the way it turned out! I thought about stenciling the words but I'm glad that I didn't. It has a more handmade look about it I think.
The kids loved putting the whip cream and marshmallows on themselves...
I know there is a photo overload on this post, but I couldn't decide so I just posted all of my faves!
I finally got this boy to stop long enough to get a good picture of him...
I was going to take their pictures on their birthday but it never happened. Maybe I could do Nora's 3 year, 3 months pictures soon!
Kaia absolutely loved playing as the server.
This little boy was having so much fun, I even got him to pose for a few by himself!
I started an event page on my facebook page with details about the mini shoot coming up this weekend. I was originally going to do only one day but there has been so many inquiries that I decided to add another day! If you would like to have me set a time aside for you to take pictures of your kids or family, just shoot me a message! I am working out all the final schedule tomorrow. Hurry though, there are only a few spots left!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and come to see me this weekend at the Christmas tree farm! I can't believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
It's been a long time since I did a blog post... This fall has been super busy! I have been trying to juggle it all... kids, work, family time, lots of photo shoots (which I am extremely grateful for btw) Through it all, and the past several years it seems I have been low on energy and have been getting monster migraines that will sometimes last 2-3 days. Yikes. So finally when I went to the Doctor's office this year, I mentioned the migraines again and asked if it could have anything to do with my blood sugar levels. It seemed like I would always wake up with one whenever I slept in at all. I wondered if it was because I missed breakfast. You see, my Mom is diabetic and there is a strong history of it in our family. He said, "Well, we can get it tested if you like..." and I said "YES."
The next day I took a blood test and a few days later I got a call back, saying that my levels were "a little high." I had to go back the next day and take another test and found out that my levels were in the pre-diabetes range. The good news is that with diet and exercise, I should be able to turn this thing around or at least delay it for a long time.
While they were just bearly in the range, I knew it was a wake up call to make some life changes. Cutting out soda was the first step, which I had actually quit the week before the test in an attempt to see if it would help my headaches. I haven't had a Dr. Pepper in over two weeks now. I have been eating better and more often but less at a time to attempt to keep my blood sugar from triggering headaches. Sometimes it works and sometimes I do still get headaches but they seem to be easier to get rid of if I eat something... the right things right away. Before I would have low blood sugar and then spike it way up with sugar, caffeine and more sugar and then it would crash down again in an endless cycle. I have cut sweets and white bread along with white rice out of my diet and am an avid label reader now. For the most part only drink water now and a lot more salads with lean protein of some sort. I have also been walking and walking/jogging and am hoping to figure out some new and different ways to work out as well. It turns out, I like exercising! It gives my mind a rest and makes me feel refreshed. I should have started a long time ago! I have also been making naps or getting extra rest a priority. I read that sleep deprivation can also lead to pre-diabetes.
I think some of my symptoms have been disguised as other things. I work early and have 4 kids, of course I am tired. The headaches I blamed on lack of caffeine, or too much caffeine, since I have been a Dr. Pepper junkie for quite some time. Since I never liked coffee, although I can make a mean cappuccino, I relied on it to stay awake or to get me through my day. I would make my headaches temporarily better by downing ibuprofen, ice water, a soda and sometimes a milkshake. (I know that is not healthy but it was the only way I found to combat my headaches. I was always "too tired" or didn't feel well enough to exercise, although in high school and throughout my childhood I was always active in soccer and gymnastics and swimming etc. I kind of put myself on the back burner after we had kids.
I am determined to turn this thing around, and hopefully I will. "Do or do not, there is not try!" -Master Yoda from Star Wars once said...
Speaking of Star Wars...
This year Halloween fell on a weekend!! So I was finally able to get the fun pictures I want to take of the kids this time. I always end up being to stressed for time on the day or week of Halloween and never get good pictures of them in their costumes. I know my oldest will soon outgrow wanting to dress up for these things and I wanted to capture them while he still wants to be a part of it...
So here are my favorites from my little shoot...
And the clone troopers... "Aren't you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?" Ha ha! I think they make pretty adorable Stormtroopers myself... I may be a bit biased though.
Then some of the whole gang...
Our oldest had to teach his little sister how to hole the gun... Normally I do not like it when they play with guns, but in this case it made the outfits. I guess laser guns are okay... right? The guns used to be bright orange and I spray painted them... They did not take them out on Halloween night for trick or treating, I only used them for the pictures.
Hopefully it won't be another 3 months before I do another blog post... And sadly, if you read my last blog post, my younger boy is still sucking his thumb... Only not at school, so there's that. I may need to get him a wall poster of "Do or do not, there is no try!" for his new space to motivate him... Or put some Siracha hot sauce on his thumbs when he is sleeping... Anyway, I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween and you got to eat lots of candy for me! ;)
Kien started sucking his thumb when he was only a month or two old... as soon as he was able to control his hands, there it went... In his mouth!
He sucked his thumb anywhere and everywhere he went. He even shared the habit with his baby sister for about a week, but since he was so addicted to it, we decided to break her of the habit early and it was actually pretty easy for her!
Sometimes he even sucked both thumbs... at the same time!
Almost all of his pictures had his thumb in it but that was okay with me... That's who he was, and I thought it was adorable.
Papa would always give him a hard time about it and pretended to suck his own thumb or ask if he could suck Kien's thumb... He would just smile under his little fist and think it was funny.
As he got older though, I was a little scared of how we would get him to quit! If we gave him a hard time about it, we would get a grumble and this look! I was starting to worry because he is going to start Kindergarten this year, and I didn't want it to be an issue.
So the other day, I saw these things on amazon.com and thought, you know, this just might work! I was a little swayed by the price. $29.99 for a little pair of gloves that will probably get lost the same day we got them? So I called Kien over and asked him what he thought about the gloves and told him what they were and he was so excited and said, "Please, can I get those?!" He thought they looked like super hero gloves and since he LOVES to dress up in costumes all of the time, these were PERFECT. The best part? It was the first time he didn't give me a dirty or sad look when I mentioned him quitting his thumb habit. He was actually excited about it! He did ask if he could keep sucking his thumb until they got here, and I said yes, wondering if this was actually going to work or not. For $30 I was desperate, since Kindergarten is starting in just a few weeks so I decided to just order them and see what happened. We have been talking for a while now about how when Kindergarten came, he would need to quit his thumb and he would agree, and then later that day he would say, "When I'm in second grade, I will quit my thumb." Hahaha! Sigh.
I think it took 5-10 days or 3-5 days to get here, honestly I almost forgot about it. Then Kaia came out on Saturday morning and said, "Mom! There are some packages in the mail! What are they???"
Then I remembered what was probably in the packages! They were here! Would it work? It was worth a try! Kien had been asking all week when the gloves would come, he was so excited! It was all I could do to keep them from ripping open the package while I ran to get my camera.
I asked Ethan to go grab my phone to take a video... Someday soon I will have my new video camera... someday! Until then, my camera phone will have to do. He told the phone video that he was done sucking his thumb! That way I had a record of it and it made it seem more official.
I told him to suck his thumb one last time... I think he felt awkward knowing he was getting his picture taken.
As soon as he was done, he ripped open the box!
His big brother helped put them on and made sure they were snapped!
Then he got to open the other packages...
A few books to read about thumb sucking for bedtime because he won't go to bed unless I have read at least one story... :)
For some reason, they only had books with girls as the main character... Maybe I should write a book with a boy in it someday!
After he opened the books, he ran inside and got his super hero cape to try on with the new gloves!
He LOVES them and has hardly taken them off since Saturday except to eat, take a bath and go swimming... (Don't worry, they are washable!)
I love how they match his cape!
I think he & I give the gloves a big thumbs up! We are on day four now and he is doing great! Hopefully by school starting, we can only use the gloves at home and for bed until he wants to stop using them.
I asked if I could take his picture, and he posed like this! So grown up looking! I can't believe he is going to start kindergarten soon! Love this boy. He looks so different without his thumb, doesn't he?! In a good way, I guess. So, Here we go! Introducing the new, big kid Kien with no thumb! Wish us luck that he keeps it up, but so far so good! The best thing is that he wants to do it!