Late Friday afternoon...Brian comes home from work and says, "now before you say anything just hear me out." So far I don't like where this is going but being the attentive wife I am, I listen. He continues, "how can we get to the TCU vs. BYU football game this weekend (in Utah)." Now, two things come to mind when I hear this...1) he has already figured out the details and he is trying to convince me to go and 2) can no one else go (I am thinking Dave since he also is obsessed with TCU football and lives in Phoenix)? After 45 minutes of arranging the kids, airplane, hotel and car (and yes, he already looked at all of these variables) we get in the car to drop off the kids to the grandparents (I mean really who else besides grandparents would take the kids for an overnight last minute - did I mention that Beckett gets up twice at night and is just starting to adjust to the bottle). It is practically on the way down to Tucson that Brian mentions that Dave is coming too. Anyway, Saturday morning we head out...
Brian and Dave at the airport Saturday morning. Notice the white stick out of Dave's backpack? Oh yes, that is the TCU flag for the car.
Of course we have to buy beer to "tailgate"
Have you ever been to a college football game where you don't see anybody drinking beer in the parking lots? Everyone was so nice but they definitely looked.
Another TCU friend: Ryan, Brian and Dave
Can you guess who the third wheel was?
In the end it was all worth it and we had a blast...Go Frogs!
Mommy, "ok we're going to go in the store quick before the movies so we're not late"
Kendal, "I think it would make more sense to go after the movie"
Mommy, "Don't forget we do not run in stores/restaurants, etc we only outside, okay?!"
Kendal, "what about in cars? It's interesting because where's the room?"
Kendal, "does everyone die in heaven?"
I tried to put Becks in a button up shirt the other day...
Beckett - "No, mommy I want to wear a cool shirt"
He proceded to pick out his skateboard t-shirt
Carolyn, Lanny and big sister Cate welcomed Hurst Michael Bodemann in May.
Meghan and Blake Marum welcomed baby Adaline Rose on May 22nd.
Tip of the month....
I have no tips, please provide me with tips!
Natural Health Remedies for Children
Fresh Ginger Tea for Car Sickness "Ginger stops the stomach contractions that tell your child's brain he feels nauseous," says Dr. McClafferty. For children ages 2 and older, add a teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger to four ounces of boiling water, and let it steep for four to five minutes. You can add a bit of honey to make it taste better. After it has cooled, have your child drink it a half hour before getting into the car.
Your Blow-Dryer for Swimmer's Ear This painful inflammation of the outer ear traps liquid and possibly bacteria. If the area has become infected, your pediatrician will probably prescribe antibiotic drops. But for mild cases, you can try evaporating the trapped water by standing a foot away from your child and aiming the dryer -- on the warm (not hot) setting -- at her ear, says Dr. Beard.
A Bandanna for Headaches Wrapping several ice cubes in a dish towel will help soothe your child's head pain (never place ice directly on his skin because it'll burn), but it'll be hard for him to hold it in place for long, says Dr. Beard. To keep the towel-wrapped ice from slipping, press it against his forehead or temples and secure it with a bandanna tied at the back of his neck.
Bubble Wand for Anxiety Breathing slowly and deeply will help your child relax when she's feeling stressed, says Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, director of the pediatric pain program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and author of Conquering Your Child's Chronic Pain. Have your child blow long, slow streams of bubbles from the soapy wand.
Chamomile Tea for Colic Peter Rabbit's mother fed him soothing chamomile tea in Beatrix Potter's classic tale, and you can give it to your infant to relax her intestinal muscles and calm her down, says Dr. McClafferty, a pediatrician in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Steep tea for four to five minutes, let it cool to room temperature, and then put one to two ounces in a bottle. Don't give your baby more than four ounces a day so that she'll be sure to have plenty of room in her tummy for breast milk or formula.
Honey and Lemon Juice for a Sore Throat
Lemon dries up congestion and honey provides a soothing coating, says Lane Johnson, MD, associate professor of clinical family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In fact, a recent study found that a spoonful of honey eased kids' coughs even better than cough medicine. Mix together a tablespoon of each, microwave for 20 seconds until warm (not hot), and have your child swallow the mixture a teaspoon at a time. Caution: Honey is not safe for babies under 1 year.