So... I neglected to tell many of you that I'm going out of town. I'm planning on going to Chicago with my Mom and some other girlie-friends from Friday until Sunday. Strike that, I WAS planing on going to Chicago with my Mom and some girlie-friends. I was planing this short getaway until yesterday afternoon when my back spontaneously gave out on me. You see, I'm not suprised that this has happened... This stuff only seems to happen to me recently... I've got the greatest luck in the world... So unless something miraculous happens over night, I'll be here all weekend... Missing out on all the fun. Keep my darn back in your thoughts... Pray for a miracle.
So Jack & I had a good time this afternoon while Evan & Will took a bath, and The Girls napped. Jack has been kind of high maintenance lately, and I've been really frustrated with him. This afternoon, was a definite step in the right direction! Hopefully these giggles continue for awhile, 'cause I'll take them over screams anyday! I do have to warn you, the video is a little long. However the last 2 seconds of the video are priceless!!
**Disclaimer** No Redden children were harmed during the filming of this video...
I really don’t think that anyone loves a good pair of baby
shoes more than me. When I was approached by The Parent Blogger Network to take
a quick peek at a spiffy line of baby shoes, I nearly threw myself through my
computer screen. After peeling myself from my laptop, I eagerly sat by my
mailbox, and then nearly attacked our innocent UPS carrier about a week later.
Tearing open the Vincent Shoes box with reckless abandon, I
was graced with two pairs of the cutest shoes ever. I’ve been a fan of
Robeez, as well as a great lover of the Pediped, but these seemed different.
Aside from the bare bones packaging, I was pleased with what I saw. I chose two
pairs of the Mini Betty shoes, one in Purple, one in Pink. Unfortunately the
girls were sleeping when my package arrived, but after seeing the shoes in
person, I nearly woke them up just to slip them on…
The first thing I noticed about these gorgeous shoes was the
awesome craftsmanship. They were made of wonderfully soft buttery leather, not
too stiff… A very supple, and lovely early walking shoe. The second thing I
noticed and fell in love with immediately, was that the shoes are lined with a
light terry cloth fabric. I thought this was an ingenious idea. I had noticed
in the past after slipping off other shoes, that the girls’ feet seemed damp, I
assumed from the lack of breathability in their current shoes. This was a
fabulous idea. I also didn’t feel it completely necessary to have a sock on
with this particular shoe because of the terry lining.
The girls were almost as smitten with their shoes as I was.
first step they had no issues with tripping over the toes (which I’ve had
problems with in our Robeez shoes). After wearing them for quite a few hours, I
took the shoes off to examine for rub marks. I was so pleased that even without
a sock, the girls didn’t have a single rub mark or obvious area of discomfort!
When the girls tried to take their shoes off, they were faced with a very
strong line of Velcro that didn’t simply attach on the one side; it was a full-length
piece of Velcro. This is something I surely appreciated, we have issues often
with the girls throwing a fit and trying to rip their shoes off… No can do with
our new Vincent Shoes.
Long story short, I love them, I’d buy them, and truthfully
I don’t think any babies or childs wardrobe is complete without them. So There.
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Ahhh...What a weekend! I'm seriously not sure that I remember half of it. It seems like I just went to bed on Friday night, here it is now Sunday night... I can see now how the years slip so quickly by. Jon had treatment this past week on Wednesday, and this typically leaves him feeling generally run down and crappy. I don't expect anything from him on these weekends. If he's able to get out of bed and play with the kids, cool... If not, cool. I'm not going to stress over it and I'm definitely not going to make him feel like he needs to be contributing. What I've found helps us all out quite a bit, is just getting out. Last treatment weekend, we went to the local flea market, and then to do some shopping. Getting out of the house is helpful to us, and is helpful to Jon, it really lets him get some uninterrupted sleep.
This weekend, we really had an adventure. This weekend was the 11th Annual Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival. We traipsed a mere 15 minutes up the road to a beautiful stretch of land, where artisans, crafters, wine connoisseurs, musicians, and owners of hot air balloons from all over the country gathered to celebrate. I was in absolute awe of the grounds that the festival was held on. I looked around in amazement and wondered why on earth I didn't get married here, it was just that beautiful. It was also the most awesome day for walking around outdoors...Perfectly chilly, a stiff breeze, all accompanied by the fresh beautiful sunshine. Gorgeous day. We were disappointed that the balloons weren't able to launch on Saturday, the wind was just to fierce, and as the sun went down the wind picked up it seemed... But we held on hope that Sunday would bring a calmer breeze. Waking up this morning, my first thought was whether or not the balloons would take off... We decided to take the kids to a local park and let them play on the playground there. It was tons of fun, and again a beautiful day to be outside. I did notice there was much less of a breeze, and it seemed to me, to be a perfect day for ballooning! We decided to load the kids up and take a ride back down to the launch site. As we got closer we saw no balloons on the horizon... NONE. I was so disappointed. We took a nice drive through the country roads behind our home... It wasn't the scenery I was hoping for, but it was nice... Very relaxing. After getting home, getting the kids into bed, and cleaning up from our adventures, I made a quick call over to the festival headquarters. I wanted to know if they were planning on launching the balloons this afternoon. The answer wasn't what I wanted to hear, but I was encouraged to call back in about 30 minutes. Which I did. Again, the news, not so great. After calling more time than I care to admit, I handed to phone to Jon and told him to call. He did, and told me that they were NOT taking off. My heart sank, and I resigned myself to making dinner, and forgetting about it. Ugh.
After dinner, William and I made a quick run to the grocery store for a few things. When we were leaving, Will said to me "Mommy, ba-la-loon". He pointed up into the sky at a very obvious hot air balloon... Instantly I was excited, and SO glad that he was able to see the balloon! He was not nearly as excited as I was, but that was ok. I then was thinking, Jon MUST have lied to me. Just to get me off the phone, and to shut me up, he MUST have told me they weren't flying... He wouldn't do that though... Surely he wouldn't do that to me... Driving home, I was consumed with whether or not all the balloons had taken off, whether it was just one random pilot, what the heck! Turning down our street, I came to our stop sign. Stopping and
looking both ways, I did a double take on my right hand side. I did a major bat turn onto our front street, as William yelled "MOMMY!!! BIG Ba-la-Loon!!". Apparently the balloons DID take off, and one proceeded to LAND on our street!! Talk about an up close and personal visit with the balloon!! I was amazed!! It was incredibly cool, so huge, and really lovely. William was awestruck, more so over the amount of people running down the street to see this spectacle landing in our back yards! And Jon didn't make it up about the balloons not flying... The woman on the phone said that it didn't look good! It looked great to us!
I have SO many pictures from this weekend... I have no idea what to do with them all... I probably need to make an online album or something! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!
There's about 8 million bizillion pictures in this slideshow... Feel free to take a look, but OH MY GOD... I've got a problem. I need to go to photographers anonymous. Seriously. Enjoy!
Fun Fact # 723 about Jessica... Our triplets were conceived on 10/16/04. This was the night of Game 3 of the ALCS. Red Sox vs. Yank**s. For those of you who were watching, first of all I'm really sorry, Secondly you know that the Yank**s whooped our butts so bad that night. It was an embarassment. This year we're playing the Indians, and let me just tell you this... I've been saying it so much I think I'm going to get it tattooed on my forehead... It ain't over till it's over... And for what it's worth, I'm not going to get pregnant over this series... Just to let you all know. :)
~~Edited to add~~ I just read this post 3 times, and it barely makes sense... But I just don't have the heart to delete it. Sorry for my nonsensical rambling...
Alrighty folks... I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I've got an issue... With a toy. As a public blog, and a Mom, I felt that I needed to let you all know...
Over the summer, we received this fun boat as a gift. It is the Parents Magazine Brand, Tubby Tugboat. Here's a picture for reference...
On this product website, it is described as the perfect baby gift for kiddos 6 months and up. I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to the recommended age guidelines marked on packages. Much to my Mom's chagrin, I typically will not let my 2 year old children play with things that are labeled "Ages 4 and Up." Call me crazy... That's another topic for another day...
So this boat seemed perfect! Not only was it cute, colorful, and fun... It was also AWESOME for playing in the pool! The kids all seemed to love it, and had a lot of interest in all the different pieces (13 in total). In my opinion it really IS a neat toy.
Fast forward to a few weeks after receiving the toy. I noticed that one of the fish (the green one to be specific) was
horribly cracked with a VERY sharp plastic piece protruding off of the side. I was kind of miffed, and didn't know how it happened, but assumed that one of the children stepped on the fish. I took it out of the rotation and set it aside. With pretty much all toys, if there is a defect like this, I typically contact the manufacturer. If something just falls apart from overuse (hello, I have FIVE kids) or the paint gets chewed off, I chalk it up to a good toy that everyone liked and just retire it. But when a toy breaks and becomes a possible danger to my children, I typically make a call. With the chaos that this summer was, I ended up forgetting up the fish. My bad.
This Morning, I was playing with the kids and noticed that Lilley was doing something odd with her tongue. I plopped her down onto her back, and never for a moment thought there was anything in her mouth. Her tongue continued to stick out every few seconds... I tickled
her, and as she opened her mouth to laugh I saw a glint of yellow in her mouth. Panic set in, and my fingers flew into her mouth. I grasped what felt like something hard, and plastic-y. I was able to pull it from her mouth without any trouble, and she seemed glad to have it out of there. She didn't fuss too much. Upon getting
this item out of her mouth I recognized it immediately as the tail to one of the OTHER fish! Somehow this tail had become separated from the body of the fish... I frantically searched the toybox, only to come across the broken fish, his tail jaggedly broken off leaving broken plastic to hurt my children. The tail after looking more closely at it, was the perfect size to fit across Lilley's (Or Noelle's) windpipe. There is a broken, jagged edge on this piece of tail as well. I feel incredibly lucky that Noelle (the one who typically puts all things foreign in her mouth) didn't accidentally swallow the tail. The sharp edge likely would have reeked havoc in her very delicate digestive tract.
Long story short, I'm pretty mad. To top it all off, I've searched high and low for somewhere to talk to someone about this incident. There's not a number anywhere for these people. So, I'm stuck filling out an online form for them to 'contact' me at their convenience. In my opinion if my child chokes on something I think I should be able to talk to someone now... But that's just me, call me crazy.
I'll keep you all posted if anything develops... Oh, And throw the toy away. :)
THIS JUST IN...Emailed to me directly. I called the 800 number listed and was not at all happy with the answers I got. I was offered a replacement tugboat... I'm not really sure how or more importantly WHY I would want to have TWO of these faulty toys floating around my home, posing dangers to my kiddos. AND they didn't want the broken things returned to them, they didn't even want to see pictures.
Response (Jennifer J)
10/18/2007 11:09 AM
We're very sorry to hear of your problem with a Parents toy.
toys are made by Battat, Incorporated. They provide customer service to
help with problems such as this, and we are forwarding your inquiry
directly to them.
We know it is their preference to speak with
customers directly when a difficulty arises. To speed up your response,
if you did not include your phone number already, please contact them
directly at our toll free number, (800) 247-6144, so they know how to
reach you. Your phone number is also needed because all courier
companies require a contact number if resolving this involves sending a
shipment to you. Representatives are available between 8:30am and
Thanks for making us aware of your
experience. We appreciate hearing from you.
I was sincerely disappointed by the total lack of concern over this issue from Battat Inc. The representative that I reported the issue to, let me know that I shouldn't worry because the toy in question actually had been reformatted. A new design had been issued, and there was no cause for concern. I truly think this is a load of crap. If I own it, how many OTHER Mom's own it? How many people are buying this gem of a toy at their local yard sale, or flea market? In this day and age when every toy and child item is being heavily screened for lead issues, have we lost sight of what's most important? Don't get me wrong, I'm as paranoid as the next Mom that my children may be chewing on lead infested toys... But I'm more concerned about the integrity of their toys. Concerned that the toys aren't going to choke and kill them... Since the company made no offer of letting others know of our issue, I felt it only appropriate to report them directly to the CPSC. In doing so, it merely opens an eye in someplace other than the Battat offices, where clearly they didn't see a major issue with the product... Yet, does anyone else find it interesting that they 'reformatted' this toy? Maybe their testers or other parents found a flaw in the original design? Perhaps the tails of fish broke off in someone elses mouth? I'll update you all if anything comes up.
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So here's another one for the funny conversation books... I'm sitting in the Chemotherapy treatment room with Jon this morning. I overhear a man directly behind me having a conversation with one of the nurses, it goes a little something like this...
Man: So, she had triplets the first year and then a mere year later she had twins. RN: Wow, that's really great. Man: Yeah, we were really pleased with her and how well she carried them... RN: I bet you were! Man: The only problem we ran into, was that we really needed to put up more extensive fencing at that point. RN: I can't EVEN imagine. Man: I mean, it was far more animals than we expected. RN: Right Man: So, we took her out of the breeding loop for this current year. It would have been too much risk. RN: Understood.
It was about halfway through their conversation that I realized they were talking about a cow. I have things in common with livestock. Does that freak anyone else out?
So many of you so kindly ask Jon and I what the kiddos are needing these days! Truth be told, if you're not planning on wrapping up diapers, we don't need much! However, we are always putting money from Birthdays & Holidays into their College Savings accounts. Please click on the VEST button above & you'll find all of the information necessary to contribute...Thank You!