Monday, October 31, 2011


Nathaniel went Trick-or-Treating for the first time this evening. We started practicing saying, "Trick or Treat!" yesterday evening and he was only able to say the "treat" part. However, by the time end of today, he was actually saying the whole thing!

We opted to go the Safe Trick-or-Treat event going on at our local mall. It was perfect since Nathaniel would probably have only lasted a few houses before quitting. This way, there was very little walking done for his little feet but still able to get plenty of relatively good treats.

Nathaniel was really surprised people were just handing him candies! Actually, the treat he likes the most isn't candy but football cards! He sure does love football just like his Daddy.

His head injury from just over a little a week ago is starting to get small but it's still pretty visible.

His loot!
Not bad for an almost two year old :)

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Scars are like tattoo but with better stories

Nathaniel had a little accident during the Halloween party I held for the little kids last Saturday. The little children were coming in and out to the backyard were a jungle gym/slide is located. Nathaniel tripped on his way outside and his head hit the sliding glass door tracks. He landed so perfectly on the tracks that he also cut his forehead on top of a goose egg.

At first look, the cut seemed deep but surprisingly (and thankfully!), it didn't bleed too much. I worried mostly about head injury and as former Neuro-ICU nurse, I immediately thought of the worse. Concussion? Brain contusion? Epidural bleed? Increased intracranial pressure? Herniation?!?! He did become lethargic (which worried me at first) but it was because it was time for his nap anyway. But just to be sure, we kept him up for two hours.

I was very thankful that I had Mommy-friends with me because I seriously forgot everything I learned in nursing school and just went into Mommy-panic mode. I was getting lightheaded just seeing my son cry with a huge bump and a cut on his head. I still get shaky just thinking about it!

He seemed alright and acted normal for the rest of the evening but we still ended up going to emergency room just before his bedtime :( We were cleaning his cut and noticed that it was still pretty open and worried that he may need something to close it up.

I cried on our way to the hospital just thinking about my boy getting stitches. I felt a nauseous and came pretty close to throwing up. It's amazing how I have seen and TOUCHED brain matter before and yet when it comes to a little cut on my son, I freak out.

Nathaniel saw the gurney as soon as we walked in our room and said it was time for "Night, night!" He also insisted to use the Chux as a blanket even though I really, really don't want him to just based on some of the nasty memories I have with them when I was an RN. But in the end, his Daddy tucked him in.

Thankfully, he did not need stitches and a few Steri Strips was all that was needed. The doctor also didn't think he has any major head injury. In fact, Nathaniel is sooooo well that he was flirting with the pretty nurses! He was crying when we had to hold him down so we could clean the wound but a pretty nurse walked inside the room and he immediately stopped and started smiling and laughing!

Unfortunately, Nathaniel tripped again while we were loading our stuff in the car this past Friday for our trip to Houston. He fell on concrete this time so he scraped the skin on his head on the same spot. Other than being clumsy and top heavy (like normal toddlers because of their huge head!), I'm convinced his sandals are also major contributor to the recent accidents so we are going to retire those. I'm praying for no more injuries and hopefully not big scar---although I have been told many times that apparently ladies dig scars on guys so I guess Nathaniel has that going on.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is my husband's favorite holiday and it would just not be complete without carving a few pumpkins. So as soon as we got back from Pumpkin Patch, Hubby went straight to carving pumpkins.

Hubby carved his two pumpkins: The haunted house and the Scare Crow holding a "welcome" sign; and Nathaniel's Spider. He also traced my Witch but I did the carving. Not bad for my first (almost) solo pumpkin carving!

The Texas heat weren't gentle to them but they were really cool while they lasted! We also roasted the pumkin seeds and they were soooo delicious.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Project 365: Week 39

Week 39: September 24th to September 30th

267  Embutido: Filipino-style Meatloaf. Recipe found here. Taste just like my grandma's and I didn't know they were that easy to make.

268  Nathaniel looking at the Sea World's brochure. I think a trip down to San Antonio is needed asap.

269  Being nosy and watching our neighbors move. It will be our turn soon enough!

270  Giving his little friend a hug.

271  Homemade pizza using leftover Chicken Diane Style as toppings. Recipe found here.

272  I asked him to smile and he gave me this :/

273  All three of us were sick ALL. weekend. long. with a stomach virus. Hubby got it worse followed by the Little One. Needless to say, we stayed in our pajamas and just watched a bunch of movies.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today (October 25, 2011)

Outside my window...
 Warm and sunny 86 degrees

I am thinking... it has been waaaay too since my last SWDB! (August to be exact). I know it will get busy again with the Marine Corp Ball, the move (again!) and holidays coming up but I hope to keep doing this again more regularly. It is such a great and easy way to document what's going on in our lives.

I am thankful for... being able to spend the holidays with our family. We are moving and driving up to Dean's grandparents' house in MO just in time to spend Thanksgiving with them. Dean's family and his Uncle's family will be coming over, too!

From the kitchen... makings for this recipe: Spicy Thai Noodles. I hope it's not too spicy!

I am wearing... red top, dark-colored cloth pants

I am going... to put Nathaniel down for a nap soon.

I am reading... The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

I am hoping... Nathaniel's cut on his forehead will not leave a major scar. I still get shaky everytime I think about his head injury! (will post lenghty blog about this event soon)

I am hearing... Nathaniel playing with his toy laptop.

Around the house... crafts from our Halloween party this past Saturday.

One of my favorite things... caramel and chocolate covered apples. Yum!

Inspired by the church song... How Great Thou Art

"When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soal, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art."

A few plans for the rest of the week...
  • Play date tomorrow
  • Dropping off a friend and her daughter to the airport on Friday
  • Houston-bound over the weekend for a friend's wedding
  • Trick or treating on Monday!
Here is a picture I am sharing... 10.22.11 Here's my little dude at his first visit to the ER. He saw the gurney and said it was time for "night-night." He also wanted to use the chux as a blanket so his Daddy tucked him in.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Party for the Little Ones 2011

I had a Halloween Party for Nathaniel and his little friends yesterday. I prepared Halloween-themed food and crafts although we weren't able to do those because Nathaniel gave us a huge scare! He tripped and hit his head, which resulted in a cut and a huge bump---but that's for another post :) Other than the little accident, the party was a huge success.

Mummy Motts Drink: Apple juice wrapped in crepe paper.

Candy Corn Jello: Orange and Lemon layered Jello topped with whipped cream and candy corn candies.

Nutty Ghost: Nutter Butter cookies dipped in Almond Bark white chocolate with mini-chocolate chips as eyes. (Nathaniel called these "Bear.")

Mummy Dogs: Cheese hotdogs wrapped in crescent rolls served with "blood" (ketchup).

Witch Hat: Kebbler Fudge Stripe cookies topped with Hershey Kisses and orange icing.

Baby pumpkins from our visit to the Pumpkin Patch.

Cake pops brought by one of the Mommies: Candy Corn, Witch Hat, Spider.

Southern Bell

Ms. Southern Bell's most adorable cow :)

Emma-bug as a Lady Bug

"Mel-mo" (Elmo)

"Py-er" (Spider)

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just Hangin'

Another never-a-dull-moment-when-you-have-a-toddler brought to you by my almost two years old toddler boy:

I mean, really?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Last Saturday, we drove two hours up north to Abilene so we could visit the nearest pumpkin patch. It wasn't even really a true pumpkin patch because the drought is just so terrible this year in Texas that all the crops failed. But nonetheless, we all had a great time and Nathaniel was slightly confused to see so many pumpkins in one place.

I had a difficult time taking pictures because the sun was just too bright. I guess this is one of those moments where I just have to accept that they are not the best but they still preserve a great family moment.

Nathaniel found a great way to tell good carving pumpkins vs. the not so great ones: by taking a bite out of it. :)

"I got this!"

An adorable Pumpkin with pumpkins :)

And we probably should invest on a nice tripod that way we can take family pictures instead of One with Baby and Daddy and One with Baby and Mommy.

And there is just no way of making an almost two year old boy to sit still for a little bit to take pictures!

"Run away!"

We bought four pumpkins (and a few baby ones) and Hubby started carving that evening so I have those pictures to share next!

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