Wednesday, July 30, 2008

oops...still learning

So, I posted a vertical video (I'm a pretty princess) the other day and I just watched it and the whole thing is not there...well, the funny part is missing. Let's try this again!!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Where did that come from?

Yesterday Cameron & I headed to Fred Meyer to grab a few things and we decided to rent a Pokemon movie (his favorite thing right now). While walking to the video store I stepped a few feet in front of Cameron and he was jabbering away behind me when I heard this horrible head hitting metal sound. I turned around, Cameron was on the ground screaming and he had scrapes on his knees and a baseball size lump on the side of this head. Let me give you a better visual: You're walking along not paying attention, feet are in motion, you are abruptly stopped by a big cement block (the block at FM in not flush with the sidewalk but sits up on top) it thrusts you forward you fall to your knees on top of the cement block and then your head meets the metal post...ouch!!! Needless to say Cameron had a headache all day and Children's Tylenol was not helping. My little guy was pretty lifeless and not hungry (maybe this is why he did not like Kung Fu--ok??) He fell asleep about 7:00 and woke up with a huge headache I decided it was time to take him to the emergency room.

I was in the middle of my Pampered Chef party and luckily my friend Jolene was there and decided to go with me. When the nurse asked him how bad it hurt he said, "really bad," she then said, "Oh, that's a 10." The lobby was full and I was for sure we were going to have to wait forever but they took us right back.

Sometime blankie comforts better than Mom!

They did a Cat Scan which came out fine...mild concussion.

I thought everything was going to be fine...however, Cameron threw up on the way home and then woke me up at 4 am with a headache and a stomach...he has ran a temp of over 100 all day. Silly me, he had the flu and was suffering from that last night and I thought it was from his head injury. That's why I'm not called Dr. Mom!!!!

Kung Fu Fighter

A flyer came in the mail about Kung Fu lessons and I thought this would be a great venture...hmmm??? Before you sign-up and they take your money they give you 2 free private lessons. I thought great but it was way toooooooo much info for Cameron, "Yes Sir, No Sir, Where do I sit Sir?" When I asked Cameron what his favorite part was he said, "Nothing!" What part did you like the least, "all of it." He did say he wants to go back on Monday just to watch the Little Dragons, I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Walk'n

Cameron has been asking to walk in the woods by our house for weeks...I'm a chicken (I know me a chicken...pretty shocking) and won't go in there by myself. So, Vicki wanted to walk it before she took her young woman this week--PERFECT!!! Saturday morning at 8:45 we were on the trails...I was only jumpy for the first 10 minutes and then I chilled out. Cameron was in heaven and Vicki only scared him once about a bear!


Cameron got "all sweat" so we tied his sweatshirt around his waist, he thought that was pretty cool since his Grandma wears hers that way...nerdy!!!!


We found a very cool tree slide...it's been along time since I've adventured out in these woods but this must be new...hmm?

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I made it look much more exciting then it actually was--lol!!!!


Friday, July 25, 2008

Soccer Camp Day 5--I'm a pretty princess

Before you watch this video I need to explain...I taped the video vertically on my camera, not thinking obviously that it would play vertically (I don't have a fancy camera like my brother Steve where it turns it for you on the screen). I've spent hours since Friday (today is Sunday) working on my error; Google searching, trying different programs and finally found a program that would turn my video around. Well, as you will see in a minute or two it did not work--well, on my computer it's right side up but not here...HELP!!!! I had to put it on here...it's another soccer warm-up game that lasted 45 minutes. Cameron was done 15 minutes in.

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This must be a Brit thing: When the kids are not listening to Coach Spike and Coach Andy they make them hold hands and skip around singing, "I'm a pretty princess." This is a big waste of time because the older kids think it's fun. Well, some of the parents got together and thought it would be fun to have them dress like princesses.

To finish the week off the coach who had the least amount of points (after the coaches challenge) got drenched by all the kids. Coach Andy lost but I think Coach Spike rigged it. All in all this was a great week...looking forward to soccer in the fall.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Spray Park with Josie

The weather this week has sucked. The sun has peaked out each day at 6 pm!!! Nice! Today we finally saw the sun at 10:30 am and so it was time to head out doors. There is a spray park in Auburn (highly recommend) that Cameron wanted to go to. We called Josie to see if she could go and off we went. They had a blast!!!!

They spent the first 20 minutes drinking the water and spitting it at each other...love germs!

It's raining it's pouring, mommy is snoring!!!

Water got boring and these two busy bodies started to explore. Not sure what he was so excited about!!!!!!

Then they found "Fluffy." They named the squirrel and then chased it all around. They even attempted to pick it up several times. This is how the conversation went; Me: Guys, that thing will bite.  Cameron: Fluffy won't bite.  Josie: She is so cute.  Finally, Fluffy got smart and headed up a tree.

Soccer Camp Day 4--Sticky Brownie

So, each day has been a different theme...today was Sticky Brownie Day. I suck as a mother--I remembered at 9:30 and was not about to cook up some brownies. This is how it would have gone...9x9 pan, Cameron takes one and I eat all the rest. HOLY COW (literally)!!!!!! The coaches made up some story that in Europe they have sticky brownie contests...and people put a sticky brownies on their forehead and see who's can stick  the longest--ok??? 

Cameron and Coach Spike getting ready to play Crab & Shrimp

Rules of the Crab & Shrimp game: Crabs must stay down like a crab, (this is what set Cameron off yesterday...he wanted to walk, "my crab is too slow") and try and get the shrimp's ball. Shrimps must stay within Coach Spike's Stadium and stay away from the crabs. If they get caught them the shrimp will become a crab. Cameron is happy as long as he is winning.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Soccer Camp Day 3--Crazy Hair & Hat Day

I wanted to spike Cameron's hair with colored gel. I called around and found some at the local Sally's. When I asked Cameron to run to the store with me he melted down and said, "I don't want to change my hair. I don't want blue hair." So, luckily other Grandma bought Cameron an elf hat during Christmas so we used that. Saved myself $6.99!!!!

Had a rough day today...Cameron kept wanting to quit. Nothing seemed to be going his way. I'll have to think of a new strategy for tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Soccer Camp Day 2--Crazy shirt & ball day

I guess soccer camp has a theme each day...today was crazy shirt and ball day. Cameron wanted to color his ball and draw a picture of Coach Spike--then I used some puff paint (I didn't realize they made that stuff still) and decorated a shirt. I tired to get Cameron involved with this project but he was having no part...he did finally draw Coach Spike. As soon as got to the field he ran right over to Coach Spike to show him his cool ball and t-shirt and the arrogant Coach was unamused. What a let down--for me; Cameron of course was on to bigger and better things. Stay tuned tomorrow is crazy hair day & crazy hat day. How do you have crazy hair and wear a crazy hat? Doesn't the hat defeat the purpose of the hair?


They play little games...this game was called "army men" if you get hit with a ball (which the parents were kicking at them) you are dead...I shot this killer ball at my son and welted his leg. Despite the injury Cameron followed the directions and fell to the ground. Cameron should of received an Oscar for his performance.

Cameron, what was you favorite part? "we were playing a fox game and the huskies were trying to get our tails (the tails were a shirt hanging out their shorts)."

Monday, July 21, 2008

FHE Puppet Show

FHE is always interesting around here. Usually Cameron wants to lead the song, say the prayer and do the lesson--it's like a little one man show. He has improved...tonight he said the opening prayer, Grandma lead the song (popcorn popping), I gave the closing prayer and we all shared in the lesson. Unfortunately you will not see me on tape...and the heavy breathing in the background is me trying not to laugh.

Memories

Calling all Memories!!
So here is a fun new blogging game:

1. Leave one memory that you have of us together, as a comment on my blog. It can be any memory!!!!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Soccer Camp Day 1

What an eventful first 20 minutes.
9:05 Cameron walks over and says, "Mom, I quit." Not to sure what that was all about but he attempted to pack his ball and head for the car. Then after I bribed him (I know I suck) he headed back to the field.


The guy in the yellow is Coach Spike he is an exchange student from Whales, "Mom, he talks so cool!"

9:10 Cameron lost his first tooth (FINALLY). It was way ready yesterday but he refused to let Uncle Steve yank it out. He runs over and as he his handing me his tooth, with blood on his lips he says, "Look Mom now I get money!!" Steve told him yesterday that the tooth ferry would give him $10 if he let him pull it out. Hmmm...the poor tooth ferry is going to be visting around here--I was thinking a dollar sounded good. I guess Cousin Kensie's teeth are worth more.

9:15 first trip to the bathroom


9:17 first water stop, "Mom, I'm all sweat."

9:20 my batteries died...I'll try again tomorrow!



Friday, July 18, 2008

Say Cheese

Taking family portraits is always a challenge especially when you have little ones. We were so spoiled when Christi worked for Picture People, we got such a great deal...now we have resorted to JcPenny. Last year when we did this the photographer was annoying and the kids were everywhere--luckily the pictures turned out great. This year the kids were great but Cameron's smile was obnoxiously weird--in every photo. Here is the best we could do!!!!

Of course when it's time to ham it up by yourself and McDonald's in on the line he does a pretty darn good job.

Aren't we cute????



I want to marry you

Cameron tells me on a daily basis that he wants to marry me. I've tried to explain to him in many different ways that it doesn't work that way.  I even had my dad talk to him and he just told Cameron that it would be like Grandpa marrying one of his aunts--thanks Dad like he understood that and I got a gross visual. This morning we were talking and again he told me he wanted to marry me...after a long discussion I let him know that when he turns 14 that he is going to hate me (I was a beast at that age so I know what is coming one day). I'm blogging this so I have proof in 8 years of what he said, "mom, I will never hate you...you are my best friend. I will always love you." 

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bug Safari

I heard about the Bug Safari from my Aunt and was way excited to take Cameron. He loves bugs, to pick them up, study them, read about them and kill them. I want to first say the two of us had a blast yesterday but I will not recommend this place to anyone. I learned a big lesson I should of called first and inquired about this place: it was a one room safari (not much bigger then my room) with maybe 15 tanks of bugs (the website claimed there were 40 different species), we were there for 10 min and it cost $14.00!!! I'm totally smiling right now because this is how things usually go for me. Well, since I had just paid an additional $14.00 for parking and we had only used 10 min of our 2 hours we went out adventuring.


Gift shops usually throw Cameron into a tail spin and of course you enter and exit the Bug Safari through the gift shop. He did great, we played with a few things and left...I escaped without getting sucked into spending money on some dumb toy--YIPEE!!!!

We headed up the hill to Pike Place Market, checked out the golden pig and watched the men who are on Free Willy (one of Cameron's favorite movies)  throw the fish.


Then we walked around Seattle and Cameron kept yelling out, "I love New York City!" We watch too much TV and he associates tall buildings with New York. We headed down to the water front and rode the Carousel.

SMILE!!!!!!


Oh, and here are more attempts of taking those stupid self-portraits (nice bra)!!!!!

Success, I finally did it!!!!!

Today was fantastic...Yes, I did get suckered into buying a toy gun for $3.99, "but mom it's a pirate gun and I don't have a pirate gun!!!!!"


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wheel of Fortune

Ok, so I know this blog is suppose to be about Cameron but I have to share my Wheel of Fortune adventure...I will throw in that when I was about 7 months pregnant I went to the tapping of the game show with my Aunt Sheri and Uncle Mike. I love game shows and Cameron and I love to watch the wheel...he shouts out letters and then gets irritated when they pick a different letter.

My friend Carrie who I've known forever (age 14 was a looooong time ago) invited me to go with a bunch of girls from her ward. We all had matching shirt that said, "A vowel a day keeps consonation away" and we lined up with all the other fanatic wheel watchers-by the way these are cut-outs of Pat & Vanna.

When you get there they hand you a colored application to fill out then you put it in a bin and hope for the best. Unlike Price is Right who pulls people out of the audience because they are spastic or have cute shirts; this game show puts all the applications in a bin or rat cage and pull 5 out at a time to do a mock round. Unfortunately none of us were called...honestly, they are missing out.


Pat is so cute...


ummm...yea...my self picture taking ability SUCKS!!!! Teri (my sister) used one she took of her and David in her wedding announcements--impressive!

and YES Marty (Pat) and Heidi (Vanna) were really that annoying!!! Overall it was a very fun night out with the girls.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

My tooth is loose...

Have you ever read the book "Parts" by Tedd Arnold? If the answer is NO you MUST buy it--here is a blurp from the book, "So now, I'm sitting here enjoying Dr. Seuss, and suddenly I realize a tooth is coming loose! I wiggle it, amazed, dismayed, too horrified to speak. Without my teeth, how can I eat? Already I feel weak! Now I'm really worried. I'm as scared as I can be, 'Cause finally what's happening is very clear to see--The glue that holds our parts together isn't holding me!!!"

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We were with other Grandma and she asked me if Cameron's tooth was loose because he looked different...I thought at first what a strange comment??? But sure enough he did look different. So, I asked Cameron to wiggle his tooth and it moved. Unfortunately, it's not the chipped tooth (thanks Aunt Jamie) that is going to fall out. When I came home and was telling my mom she even said something looked different to her too but didn't know what it was. Cameron had a minor freak out about losing a tooth but now it's become something "very cool" and he is showing everybody!!! I can't wait till he can turn it all the way around.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

5 long glorious days at the Lake House

Cameron and I just got back from spending the week at the Lake House!!!!! The weather was fantastic...I even have a little tan!!!! The first day Uncle Mikey took Cameron and I out 4-wheel'n. Sometimes my brain is a crazy place to be...you should of heard it! I was for sure that Sasquatch was going to get us...we were going to be killed by hunters...a giant bear was going to eat us and so on--I think I've seen too many horror movies. Through all my strange thoughts Cameron had a blast and that's all that matters.



Cameron is very comfortable on the boat. He loves to spot all the skiers and he knows his job...he hands the rope to the skier, puts the flag up when they fall and even pulls the rope in without being asked. This is Grandpa's new boat and we both think it's pretty cool.

Cameron's new favorite show is Wipeout (check it out Tuesday nights, Channel 4 @ 8pm) he acts it out all the time...I think he was attempting to act out one of the scenes!!!

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Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July!

This year we all headed to Celebration Park with all the other idiots in Federal Way! You see fireworks are illegal in Federal Way...the motto is "if it goes up or blows up it's illegal" hmm--popits anyone? 

With Cameron's sensory issues he is very sensitive to sound; often covering his ears or running to hide when there are loud sounds. The funniest one was in church one Sunday there was a special musical number (a quartet) Cameron stood on the pew with his hands over his ears asking to leave--we were in the 3rd row. I'm sure people thought that he was inferring they sounded awful--it took everything out of me not to laugh. Things are 10x better...we had a huge breakthrough this year!!!! Here is the progression with fireworks over the last several years:

1 years old: Hid under the bed at other grandma & grandpa's house(other=my dad and Mim--it's Cameron's way of distinguishing between his grandparents. I think it's way cute and hope no one ever gets offended by "other").

2 years old: Sat and watched movies at other grandma & grandpa's house. Just to inform you at my dad's house they have roman candle wars--yes, they stand on the roof, hid behind cars and blast each other with roman candles. At this point I was not sure if it was the sound of fireworks or just the terror of seeing your uncles and grandpa engulfed in flames that scared him more.

3 years old: Sat on other grandma & grandpa's couch and watched from the front window.

4 years old: We were in Utah at a family reunion...we all drove out to a cow field and watched a great firework show. Cameron began to freak out before we got there...we turned the music up in the car and he watched from the front seat. This was huge progress!!!!!

Drum Roll Please...

5 years old: This year at the park there was no where to hide...the car was a mile away and Cameron was stuck. He started to get real nervous and asked to go several times. I brought along some headphones and his game, he wore the headphones for the first part of the fireworks and then by the end he was down sitting with his Aunt Jamie and cousin Kensie. WOW!!!!!!!


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Attempting to crawl stroke...

As you watch this Cameron struggles to move his arms and kick his legs at the same time...it reminds me when I try to rub my stomach and pat my head at the same time--I can't do it!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

swimming, swimming, swimming

We were introduced to a new pool (thanks Uncle Steve) and Cameron loves it (well he loves any body of H2O). Yesterday we went again with Grandma Anderson, Aunt Teri, Dallin, Aunt Jamie and Kensie.




and the only reason I'm posting a pic of me in a swimming suit is because I look dang good after losing 113 pounds!!!!!


It was a hard to get a good pic of Cameron on the slide...