Thursday, October 30, 2008

no i do not need bloggers anonymous

just a quick note. i had a blog mishap and wanted to record all the posts that i have made in the last couple of days since i started. so no i did not post all of these in one day originally i started october 29th (yesterday to be exact). and i am sure the new-ness will wear off and i won't post so many in one day.


payton with attitude

from this photo you can just feel the attitude this little boy gives. the look in his eyes. the scowl on his face. he is stubborn and determined to have things his way. that is fine, just not when you are two. constantly he is telling someone no. no i don't want to go to bed. which every night is a fight. there are several nights that the process goes on for hours. or there are other nights that you find him asleep with one of his brothers ( i am sure he climbs into bed after they have gone to sleep). no, mine. no kisses. no no no no.... he can be one of the sweetest boys if he has the mind to do it. because what he is thinking is what he is going to do.

no matter what.

sunday at church he did just what he wanted to do. it started fine. i had high hopes that he would actually do it. but it ended in disaster or at least ultimate humiliation for me. we were sitting in the middle of the pew. i told the boys to put their money in the basket as it comes by, but payton didn't hear and he grabbed his dollar and took off. so he went alone. he go their fine. he turned to come back. then he saw his opportunity. he walked back to the first pew, saw me in the middle, then he ran back to the front. father john had left to get the gifts so he was in front of the alter. payton ran to the back of the alter and around and around. luckily melissa, who was singing decided to grab him. i took him from her and returned to our seat. absolutely embarrased. you know it is bad when people after church tell you he is not the first and won't be the last. well it was the first for me and hopefully the last. the other comments made were 'i don't know how you do it.' sometimes i don't know either.

i am glad i love this kid or otherwise we might have to trade him in on a version with less attitude.


carving of the pumpkins

as long as i have known lee he has been a huge halloween fan. he used to decorate his entire apartment with cobwebs, spiders, scary masks and the like. he apparently has passed that tradition on to baylee. baylee was persistant about decorating for the holiday. he had paper ghosts taped all over the house. they were very cute. each one had a name badge with his or her name on it. they are everywhere. anyway, last night we had the great carving of the pumkins. this was the first year we painted pumpkins and all the boys loved it. payton had paint all over, he even managed to get it on his back by himself. plus you can't carve pumpkins without the tools and apparently you can't paint without the tools either. baylee and tayte took their cutting jobs seriously. they even cleaned the pumpkins or most of them anyway. daddy took over while they painted their little pumpkin.

then it was back to cutting the pumpkins. this year lee and baylee designed their own and both turned out pretty darn good. tayte and payton retired to the couch to watch tv after painting that was enough (they haven't caught the bug yet). we have a pumpkin with the panther paw and a ghost (just like the little ones all over the house) and darth vader, because it just wouldn't be halloween at the ogletree house without a few star wars images (check back after we gotrick or treating to see the other images). the boys had fun and lee got his carving fix for the year. he still has one pumpkin left. he says he may do it tonight- we'll see. i got to do my job and take the pictures so i was here there is not evidence of it though.



there will be lots of stories of the three boys, but right now tayte is the man.

yesterday we got a letter from the school. two to be exact-one for baylee and one for tayte. they were from the speech teacher at their school. baylee passed. tayte did not. it was really hard for us as parents to hear. lee took it harder "we are failing him." tayte has always been different. harder. he has always been quiet. the loner child. not that he is the scary loner kid, he just doesn't like to be around people. it was to the point where i was questioning his doctor about slight autism. pre-k has been so good for him. he has really come out of his shell. he actually asks for kids to come play. yeah.

so the letter was not a surprise to me, but it still doesn't make it any easier. you always second guess your parenting, especially when things like the letter are brought to your attention. i wish he could have had more time around kids before he was tested. but on the flip side it is better to intervene early. however, the material the speech teacher sent home specifically said a two year old. i have a two year old and tayte is not on the same level as him. so that info was not helpful maybe even a slap in the face. i don't want him to be the "weird" kid. i want him to be himself, maybe with a little more guidance from his parents.


the first family story

yesterday we were at the store. here is the conversation tayte and i had.

me: clean up your room so you can go home with daddy.
tayte: it is not my
room, see there (points to sign) it says PLAYROOM (sign actually says gone
shopping). that means it is the playroom.

tayte really doesn't have a lot to say, but when he does it says a lot.


starting is always the hardest part

ok. i don't know if it is my trying to be cool in this technological age or what. i have been toying with this idea for a while and finally took the time to start a blog. i think my real reason is that i am so busy that this is the way for me to preserve my family's life memories. that way when i do find the time to scrapbook i have the story recorded. big hopes that this will work out.

i don't know the "rules" of blogging and i don't know if anyone will ever read my blog, but i am really doing this as a journal of sorts. so if someone happens on this blog let me know with a comment. it may initially scare the crap out of me but it would be cool. here is to learning as i go.