Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What do you think?

I always thought that the "leashes" they make for kids were so unusual, so cruel, so unnecessary. Then....I had a boy! I was at Babies R Us today and saw this "Kinderkord" product next to the leashes. It actually was developed by Joan Lunden who has two sets of twins ("Necessity is the mother of invention" is printed right on the box). I decided to buy it and try it out. I'm terrified though that the first time we use it in public we are going to get many disapproving stares from strangers. Stares that I'm sure I have given to many parents over the years when I've seen their children wearing the traditional kid leashes. How nieve I was!
This Kinderkord system has two wristbands, one for the parent and one for the child with a small retracting cord in between that extends to a maximum of 3 feet. It can easily be unlatched if we want to give him the freedom to go where he wants, but easily be latched again when it's not safe for him to wander.
We have gotten to the point that Wyatt knows how to wiggle out of any stroller harness, he knows how to wiggle out of the grocery cart harness, and he of course knows how to wiggle out of our arms if we try to carry him. Darn him being so smart!
I just thought I would see, have any of you every used a product like this? Did it help?

Friday, September 5, 2008

New piano, new haircut

Two new things this week...we bought a new piano which I am very excited about. We haven't owned one in several years, so my skills are a little weak. But honestly (and I'm totally not meaning to brag here) I've picked it up a lot faster than a thought. A little like riding a bike I guess, you never forget!

Wyatt also got a haircut. Although this is not his "first haircut", this is definitely the one that makes him look like a little boy rather than a baby. I think he looks sooooo handsome! Why do they have to grow up so fast!?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Labor Day at the Zoo

We rarely have a whole day that we get to spend together as a family, so on Monday, we decided to make good use of the holiday and went to the KC Zoo. Although we had a great time, every time I go there I am reminded of why I don't really like to go to our zoo. Having been to such wonderful zoos like the St. Louis zoo and the Omaha Zoo (both of which are top notch) the KC zoo pales in comparison. And SeaWorld....forget about it! Who can compete with that!? I think my biggest complaint (and I'm sure many of you who have been will agree) is ALL THE WALKING! I should have worn a pedometer, but I'm guessing we walked somthing like 10 miles. That's 10 miles of walking up and down hills in 90 degree Midwestern freaking humid heat! That's 10 miles while either pushing a double stroller with 80+ pounds of "kid" in it or pulling a wagon with 80+ pounds of "kid" in it. Not easy, and my body hurts today.

I'll stop being so negative now, because we did enjoy much of it. Saige and I got to ride a camel which we had never done before. And I'm pretty certain that Mariah and Micheala had never been to a zoo before, so they had a great time getting to see animals we had only read about in books. All in all it was a great day.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


We watched the new "Cheetah Girls: One World" movie this past week. Micheala just couldn't stop dancing every time a new song came on. She's got some groovy moves, don't you think?! I love seeing my kids dance because they could care less what they look like, who's watching them, or whether or not they have any rhythm. They dance like nobody is looking!