Friday, May 29, 2009

Stashing Nookies

Earlier in the week we made a fort in the living room and attached it to Dylan's Thomas Mega tent. Dylan has been calling this his home . He even said "My home is a mess." =) Which if you looked inside there are pillows, blankets, and toys all over! The last couple days he has spent most of his time in his fort.
Last night Daddy saw Dylan grab something from the kitchen. Usually he is getting a nookie out of the drawer, but Dylan already had a nookie in his mouth so Heath wasn't sure what he had. Of course right away Dylan takes off running. Heath chases after him asking what he has. Dylan dives into his fort trying to stash whatever he has under a pile of blankets. Dylan quickly showed Daddy his hands; like see I don't have anything. After a little investigating Daddy comes across a couple hidden nookies. You gotta love it, our child is stock piling nookies in his fort because he knows the time is coming near. The threats are getting to him and he is taking the appropriate actions needed. =).

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Candy Striper @ St Marks Nursing Home

Dylan second home is St Mark's nursing home where his Great Grandma Bentzin is. He has been going there since he was around 5 months old. Dylan had his first birthday party there; or one of them. He absolutely loves to entertain everyone. Sometimes the first thing he will say to me in the morning is "Home" which for Dylan means nursing home. You should see him walking around; like he owns the place. It is amazing how he knows the names of all residents of Wing 1 and even some from other wings. He says hi to Fern, Maye, Archie, Palmer, Arlene, Eleanore, Darrel, Anne, Gladys and many more.

My Mom takes Dylan to visit Grandma Bentzin 2-3 times during the week and we go there on the weekends as well. Dylan loves to tell his Daddy and I all about it when we get done with work. I asked Dylan if the residents were his friends; with a big ole' smile he shook his head yes...isn't that the sweetest!!!

Right when Dylan arrives at St Marks he runs up to Great Grandma with his arms wide open, giving her a big hug and says "Hi Great Mam-ma" It is so adorable. Seeing the smile on both their faces is heart melting. The rest of his time is spent showing off, hi-fiving, and run, run, running!

The other day when Grandma Betty and Dylan were their Arlene's buzzer was going off. Right away Dylan yelled "Oh no Mam-ma, help her" and started running towards Arlene. At first he thought it was the buzzer on the wheelchair, but it turned out it was the one in her room. Dylan and his Mam-ma shut the alarm off and everything was fine. The buzzers are used for the residents protection so they don't get out of their wheelchairs or bed and fall down.

I think Dylan is probably the youngest candy striper of all time and definitely the most popular!!!
~The pictures are from Valentines Day. Dylan sitting on Great Grandma's lap, doing the hot dog dance for Tony, and handing Arlene her Valentine!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I asked Dylan how old he was this morning. He replied "Two" I then asked Dylan how old mommy was? He replied "Older" I didn't have a response to that; just a chuckle.

Monday, May 25, 2009

2 New Words.. Disgusting & Amazing

Yesterday Dylan wanted a nookie for the car ride home from Rose Creek. He was very tired and I figured if I grabbed one quick he would fall asleep in the car. A few minutes later I looked in the back seat and he didn't have the nookie in his mouth. I said "Where's is your nookie" Dylan pointed on the floor. I said "Don't you want it." He replied "No disgusting" Ok, so the nookie I gave him wasn't the usually nookie that he has, or the same kind. I know that kids are particular about their nookie's and things of the short. But if you ask me if he is old enough to use the word disgusting....he is old enough to not have a nookie =)

"That is amazing" is Dylan's new thing to say.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Dylan likes to come up with ideas when we are laying in bed. It is so cute when he does this. He will hold his pointer finger up and say "Mama, idea." Of course I will feed into it. "What is your idea." Last night he was really excited about his idea; he even had to sit up and make eye contact with me."Presents." he said. "Presents?" I said. "Huh uh, presents for me." he said "You want a present" I replied. And here is the kicker. He then replied back "Ok Mommy" Needless to say I didn't get out of bed and get him a presents....and I am not going to fall for this in a store LOL!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Play Football & Be President

I just got back from dinner with Dylan and Grandpa Howie and I thought I would share a little brag story with you all. Our waitress asked me how old Dylan was and when I told her he just turned 2 April 9, she just couldn't believe it. She asked me if he was advanced for his age? Of course I think so =) She just couldn't believe how well he talked and everything that he knew. After awhile she came back to the table and said "So he turned 2 April 9, I just can't believe that!" I said "Yes and he is pretty big for his age too" She then said something that tickled me pink "Well he will play football and be the president"

2 Year Photo Shoot

Making It Your Idea

Lately Dylan will walk around repeating something over and over and over. For example the other day he was at Grandma's and he kept saying "Park" Finally Grandma said "You want to go to the park" Dylan turned and looked at Grandma and said "Ok Mam-ma"

Monday, May 18, 2009

Super Mommy

Dylan's new name for me is.......SUPER MOMMY!!! I do have to say I absolutely love it =) He also started to address his Daddy, Grandma's and Grandpa's with Super as well. We all get a kick out of the new things Dylan comes up with. Every day is a fun filled adventure with lots of laughs, and many surprises. What a kid!


I am not sure what most 2 yr olds are supposed to know at this age, but even before Dylan was 2 he seemed to know so much more that I thought he would. He knew all of his colors well before 2 . He would count for us, not in the right order, but he would count. He doesn't always cooperate with us now, but he can count to ten. Usually when you ask him to, he will say "1-2-3-4-9" but when he goes up or down stairs he will count "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10" He knows almost all 26 of the letters. I will ask him which letter is "G, Y, D & so on" and he will show me. Heath and I are so proud of our little smarty pants. I think most children at this age feel like circus monkeys most of the time because their parents are constantly trying to show off every new thing they learn to family and friends. Most of the time I found that you have to allow the child to show off on their watch; other wise it just doesn't work out.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ours, Not Mine

We have been working with Dylan to not use the word mine. I try to explain to him that it is ours. It is Mommy's; it is Daddy's; and it is his. I know that he is a toddler and this is a huge word in their vocabulary; but I don't like it. I think it is especially important in Dylan's case because he doesn't have siblings, and he doesn't go to daycare.
This morning Dylan didn't want to share his blankies with his Daddy. So of course he grabbed them and said mine. I squatted next to him and said "We don't use the word mine Dylan. It is ours. Not mine. " A short period after I took Dylan's nookie out of his mouth, as I do every morning. Dylan turned with his arms stretched out grabbing for his nookie and said "NO, ours"

Friday, May 15, 2009

Duluth -Mother's Day Weekend

Mothers Day weekend my friend Jenna, her girls, Dylan and I all went to Duluth. Dylan loves Jenna & the girls. He is always asking to go over to the "girls" house. So I knew that spending an entire weekend with them was going to be a huge treat for him; and I was right. We got rooms at the hotel my cousin Chelssy works at, which was a huge treat for me. I don't get to see my little cousin as much as I wished I could. The hotel had a water park so I knew it would be a lot of fun for the kids, and for us kids at heart =)

Dylan's first experience at a water park, about a month back, was not a good one; thanks to the overhead bucket that dumps water on you. This time the water park adventure was a much more pleasant one for him. He was a little leery at first but soon warmed up to the idea of spending hours in the water park (without his hands on the top of his head)

We were also able to spend some time with Jenz, Jenny and adorable little Amanda Lynn (aka Dylan's future wife) Since we don't know the area they toured us around beautiful Duluth. After our scenic drive on Saturday we went to an indoor carnival located in downtown Duluth. Played some games, rode some rides and decided to head back for some more water park fun. This time Chelssy was able to join us at the water park. I was very pleased to be able to spend more time with her.

I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. We all had a wonderful time. Every morning Dylan says "Water park?" I tell him "No water park today, Honey." He then says "Girls" At least I am able to say "Maybe see the girls later."

Monday, May 4, 2009

He Is So Friendly

Dylan is the friendliest little boy I have ever seen. There is so much to learn from the purity of a little child. Sometimes it breaks my heart to watch him at the park. I wonder if he spends too much time with his Mom & Dad and Grandma's & Grandpa's. He strives so hard for playmates once he gets to the park. He usually runs right up to the first kid he sees and says hi with so much excitement and sincerity that it kills me when the other kid doesn't say hi back. Dylan will just stand there and repeat hi over and over, sometimes bending down to make eye contact, just to make sure the kid can hear him. Eventually he will move onto another child, if there is one around. Otherwise I break his attention away from the overwhelmed child. I don't know what to say to Dylan when he looks at me with this wonderment of why this child isn't as excited to see him, as he is to see him. He is so sensitive; sometimes I think he may be too sensitive, other times I think he is just that sweet. Dylan is so carefree, and such a happy little boy. I couldn't ask for a better kid. The world could really learn from a child like this. I know I am!!!!