Monday, September 14, 2009

Random...

The kids are back in school which must mean summer has come to an end. I feel like I missed it, being away so long. But at least we're in Houston and the temperature will stay in the 90s for a few more months. So maybe we still have a few more trips to the pool in our future. Maybe I should get a new bikini to show off my sexy scars? Except every time Trevor catches a glimpse of my belly he screams "Mommy, I don't want to see that!" As in, "Hey freakshow, you're scaring me!"

I always take pictures of the kids on their first day of school. If only I could be as efficient as my friend Mackenzie and find them all so I could show you a "look how we've grown" montage. I can't even seem to put Trevor and Hayden's pictures on the same hard-drive and they were only taken a week apart. But here's my handsome 4-year old on his first day. About 30 frames of goofy faces were sifted through to find one decent shot...
And here he is enjoying himself on the playground at his preschool. I'll miss this place next year.
One week later, here's the little man displaying the BITE mark on his chest. Apparently a little girl had moved from the swingset to another part of the playground, but when she saw Trevor climb onto "her" swing, she decided she wanted it back. Trevor, being the stubborn middle child, held his ground and got a lovely bite to the chest. It left a nice mark, even through his shirt. When we talked about ways to avoid these problems in the future, I was hoping for something like "run and tell a teacher" and he was thinking more along the lines of "kick her down before she can get her teeth on me."
Last, but not least, I can check one item off my 2009 to-do list. Matching Christmas pajamas? Mission accomplished. Every year I get matching Christmas pajamas for the kids, and every year it gets a little harder. Hayden's getting big, the other two are still toddler size, and we need something unisex. If you wait till November to look for something, you'll be sorely disappointed. Last year I spent Christmas and many days thereafter in the ER so we didn't get the traditional Christmas morning picture. Fortunately, Sean left the tree up till I got home in mid-January so we staged a shot. This year we got a practice shot in September just in case.
Hopefully I'll be through with treatments for a while come Christmas this year, so we may take a family vacation. Given Sean's aversion to cold weather, maybe we'll go to the Carribean or somewhere warm. How do you think these fleece pajamas will work out Christmas morning on the beach?

8 comments:

Margaret said...

The McLaughlins in the Carribean this Christmas? I love the sound of that. How far you had to go to get how far you've come since last Christmas. But really, you still manage to beat us all to the pajamas??

Anonymous said...

Good to see you back. Hope your recovery is progressing. Your little friends are beautiful and they have grown so much since the Spring. Take care of yourself, I am praying everyday.

a Me Amy aim eeeeeeee said...

What precious kids! And I love the matching Christmas PJs. I have a pair of fleece footie p.j.s that I adore.

I say go for the bikini and show off those scars!

Sullavinos said...

Love the photos!

dorothy said...

Sept 15, 2009
Love the Pjs - How about a bar of soap for "Little Miss Biter" - Trevor could pull it from his pocket and insert it as she opens her mouth to bite.
Aunt Dorothy

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa, The pics are great. The first one of Trevor reminds me a little of your brother, Art, when he was young. Very handsome. I hate to say "bite her back" but she probably wouldn't be doing it if she knew how it felt. My daughter, Lori, used to bite other kids when she was very young and finally her doctor told us to bite her the next time it happened. I couldn't do it, but her dad did, and she never bit anyone again. The Carribean for Christmas sounds wonderful. Love, Auntie Suzy

Anonymous said...

LOL on the pyjamas! Julie F.

twinmom2003 said...

Hi Lisa,

It's great to see that you're back online. I've been following your blog and am amazed and humbled by your resilience. Thanks for the pictures of your beautiful kids, they sure are growing up!
I think of you often as your beautiful pictures of our kids are all over the house...