Monday, July 27, 2009

Hayes Michael Parkin

July 26, 2009

8 pounds, 11 ounces

20 inches

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chandler's Birthday

Chandler turned 8 on July 9th! My sweet, baby boy is now a Cub Scout, 3rd grader, and soon to be baptized. He loves science and Art -- I think he'll work for NASA someday as a rocket engineer . . .

His birthday started off with a family breakfast and presents. When asked what he wanted for breakfast Chandler replied, "Mom, you know what I like." He is so easy to please! He was excited to open a few presents before running off to the Summer Arts and Sports Camp -- several books that he wanted. It just so happened to be Crazy Hat Day so Jason made Chandler a Happy Birthday crown. Chandler won a prize for it and was thrilled.

After morning camp, I took the kids to see Ice Age III and invited Chandler's buddy, Nixson, to come. When Jason returned from work, we opened more presents and then we took him to dinner at DogHouse Grill -- his request. We came home and opened more presents and ate cake. We gave him Demi Lovato/David Archelata concert tickets for July 10th. It was a family trip to the SaveMart center and we had a good time. Even Jason said he liked Demi Lovato (well, liked her more than the Hannah Montana concert . . .)

On Saturday, July 11th, Chandler invited a few friends over to do some science experiments. He decided to take advantage of my science background so I ordered some supplies and we had a mini-lab set up on our back porch. Being 9 months pregnant, I wasn't in the mood to have very many kids over for a "big" birthday party, and thankfully, Chandler was very understanding; just a few kids and the family making snow, goo, magic sand, geysers, and more. Chandler said it was "TOTALLY" cool. So, mission accomplished!

Now the next mission . . . getting him baptized! With the impending arrival of Baby #4, we decided to post-pone Chandler's baptism until September 5th. He didn't understand why he had to wait two months, but now is o.k. with waiting. Like I said, he is my super easy child to please and I love him to pieces. He is so giving, loving, and is my little peacemaker. I'm so blessed to be his mother.

Chandler loves the Diary of a Wimpey Kid book series.

First thing in the morning . . . waiting patiently

Oh, that was a yummy chocolate cake. Vons makes the best cakes!

Opening up the telescope/microscope from G and G Parkin. Look at his expression!

Making snow! (Check out Steve Spangler Science on the web.)

And cake number two -- YUMMY -- Indiana Jones theme

Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July

We had a mellow, relaxing, and sunny 4th of July. We spent the day hanging out as family -- swimming and eating snowcones; it was perfect. I didn't feel like having people over (gee, is it because I'm 9 months preggie? I can barely walk). When the sun went down, the troops marched on over to the neighbors and we celebrated with fireworks. Chandler was a bit uneasy about all of the illegal fireworks being launched across the street and dry ice bombs that were nearby (not us, of course). Can't say I like dry ice bombs, either. It was a little out-of-control this year in The Hood, but we had a great time watching the sky light up and hangin' with friends.