Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ear Infection

Although it might not look like it from this photo, but Niko-chan had a nasty ear infection.  :(   Two weeks of the pink ooze to clear it up.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Teddy Award

Ryker-kun was awarded a Terrific Teddy Award last week!  There must have been some kind of mistake.....  :)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Riding the Pony!

This is our nightly ritual..... or any time Daddy is sitting down and Ryker is around.  He loves 'riding his pony'.... HAHHAHHA!!!!  He pets Neil's head and jumps on his back.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pizza Night!

Making pizzas with the boys.  Well, trying to make pizzas... apparently there is a 'cheese tax' before items can make their way onto the pizzas.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mommy's Store

 A while back we started a sticker incentive program.  Niko's super-awesome teacher Mrs. Kirkpatrick said she uses these sticker sheets in her class and they work very well.  I must say, they work VERY well!  I did make one tweak pulling from my Mom's playbook.   The Mommy Store.  My Mom used to have prizes in plain sight in our house, right above the fridge.  These were items she knew we loved and they would loom over us, just out of reach.  We would look up at the precious prizes, motivated to do whatever was necessary to earn them.

Niko's sheet.  He has to get to the bone safe to get a prize.

 Ryker's sheet.  He needs to get to the black outline stars to get a prize.

 The Mommy Store - now located on the top of my fridge.  Niko likes Yo-Kai Watch toys..... Ryker is more motivated by candy.

 He hit a star!  He gets to pick his prize.  Most of the items are candy, one of the items is a Yo-Kai Watch toy.

Sour Gummy Worms for the win.   :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dentist Visit

 Yes.... it was PJ day at school and I totally forgot until I picked Niko up for his dentist appointment.  It was super casual day at Dr. Foster's Office.  :)  Here he is doing his annual 360 X-Ray.

 This thing is SOOOOOO cool!  Look at all of those teeth waiting to come in.

We love our dental hygienist Sara.  We schedule our appointments around her availability.  :)

 No Cavity Club!!!

We found his summer photo on the No Cavity Club board.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Committed Cadet!

Look who made the hallway board! Niko's success in academics is largely due to his amazing school and gifted teachers. Special thanks to all of his teachers along the way - Elizabeth Hernandez, Bridgette Nelson, Elisha Heuton, Tes Woods, Mrs. G, Natalie Irving, Jessica Bullard, Victoria Belle Bullard and especially Niko's wonderful 1st Grade teacher Cindy Kirkpatrick!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


This is Ryker's Horde.  I don't even know how he sleeps with this much crap in his bed.   Can you even see him?!?!?!?

Friday, January 8, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Niko's Awesome Adventure

Niko visited Grandpa all by himself over the Christmas break.  He had a GREAT time!  Thank you Grandpa!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Two Front Teeth

Niko was able to sing a pretty famous song this season, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth." 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Mmmm..... one of Neil's favorite dishes, Lomo Saltado.

Behold!  The Donut King cake!

The kiddos singing Happy Birthday to Daddy.  :)  The BIG 40!!!