Friday, February 11, 2011

Berenstain Bears

Aidan and I went out a few days back on a little mother/son date. I took him to Barnes and Noble where he got to roam around the kids section. I wanted to get him a few new books to add to his collection at home. One of the first books I saw was a collection of the old Berenstain bear books that I LOVED when I was a kid. I read these so many times I practically had them memorized. When my mom cleaned out the storage room several years back she asked me if there was anything I wanted and I immediately said that I wanted my Berenstain Bear book collection for my kiddos. As I was looking at the books I noticed that there have been several new books written in the last few years. They focus more on direct Christian principles like saying your prayers, what it means to serve others, living by the Golden rule....etc. There were also some written about new problems that kids and parents face today. I thought it was quite interesting to see what the authors were writing for the problems our kids have today versus when I was a kids. For example, my old books were about using your manners, keeping your room clean, stage fright, and things like that. Now they have Berenstain bear books about not using the internet too much or inappropriately, cell phone usage, and keeping going out to eat to a minimun. So different. Not that our kiddos couldn't use a lesson on what the earlier books taught but I just found it sad what the new topics were about. Anyway, I bought Aidan a new Berenstain Bear book a long with a book on tractors. He loved them.

One of the newer books written by the son of the original authors.

My collection of the Berenstain Bear Books

Thought it was interesting to see how the prices have changed.

My mom always wrote my name and the year in my books.....So I thought I would do the same for my kids.

Ryla getting her nighttime bed story.

Aidan loves being read to but also loves to look at books on his own.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday

A few of the teens game over for the game tonight. It was really fun! I don't get to spend near the amount of time with them as Cliff does so it was good to see them. Aidan had a blast. The youth group girls love him to pieces and treat him like he is the King of the Universe so he was in hog heaven. Altogether a very fun enjoyable evening!!!

"Lets get this party started Dad!"

Pre-game fun

"Oh Mom."

Snugglin with the Ladies!

Ryla LOVED being held by Mr. Tony

Aidan got his own chair for the game.

About time for bed!

Lovely Artwork!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pot Rack!

Cliff installed the pot rack I ordered a couple of weeks ago. I love it!! It has given me so much more cabinet space!! Aidan has also still been enjoying helping me cook. He will sit on top of the counter all day if you will let him. So fun!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Catching Up

It has been a busy week here at the Mullen house. Cliff's sister was here for a few days and it was sooo great to catch up with her. Aidan is still going around the house asking for k (which was Aunt Kelli). While Aunt Kelli was here Ryla got super sick. She had a really bad cough runny nose, and was gagging a lot to where it was hard for her to breath. We took her to the doctor on Friday. Her weight had dropped below 10 pounds. They said there was nothing we could do but watch her. On Saturday she had gotten worse and was having a lot more trouble breather. So Cliff and I decided to take her to the ER. We were there for 5 hours til 2 am. Cliff and I were exhausted but happy that they were able to help her. They put her on steroids and breathing treatments that seem to be helping out. She still has a bad cough. We took her to the doctor again yesterday and they said that she is improving.
Aidan has been a big help. He sits by her during her breathing treatments and has been giving her lots of kisses. This morning we baked applesauce brownies together. He sits on top of the counter and watched me do the measuring then he will take the measuring cup and poor the ingredients in. It is pretty cute. When we put the chocolate chips on top he kept picking them off the top and eating them and got upset when we put it in the oven because he had to stop eating.....LOL Here are some pics from our morning.