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Kanin, Korbyn & Tina

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sara Evans - A Little Bit Stronger

This song seems to say a lot about me. The kids and I have been through so much the last 2+ years. So many days I feel so weak, but I look at my 2 amazing little boys and try to be strong. I know I need to be strong for them, and this has kept me going. I feel like I have fallen into that slump again, but as before, I will pull through stronger than I was before.

Monday, October 25, 2010

4 & 2 year well check up's

Kanin and Korbyn had their 4 year and 2 year check ups in Bismarck with Dr Twogood today. Both are healthy as can be and don't have to go back for a year, though we will have to go back in closer to 9 months, because Kanin will need to get his Kindergarten shots!

Here is a quick rundown of their stats!!

43# (84% for his age)
44 1/4" (95%, go figure!)

34# (88%)
37" (77%)

So looks as if I am going to have 2 big boys on my hands!! As for their picky eating habits he said they are obviously doing fine, so just keep on working with them and make sure they are making healthy choices, and in all honesty, they are pretty good at that on their own! Shoot, Korbyn would choose milk over anything else 9 times out of 10, and this is pretty funny, considering he couldn't have any lactose products for the first 14-15 months!! You know, is is a confusing kid like that...he also LOVED his swing as a baby, and ever since he out grew it he has HATED the swings at the park...lol!!

WE had a great, but pretty wet day in Bismarck! Thanks to Grandma for joining us, we had a great time!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Potty training

Well we have been on the potty training venture for just about a week now. It is going pretty good. Yesterday was probably our worse day of all. He has even been waking up from naps dry, as long as i potty him before hand...Hopefully we can get this down pat and get him pooping in the potty a lot sooner than Kanin did! He is excited to wear his Elmo and Cookie Monster underwear, but mommy isn't quite brave enough...it's still pull-ups for now.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Answer's from my kids...

Most Answers are from Kanin 4 years old

1. What is something mom always says to you?
ummm, ummm....Kanin Robert

2. What makes mom happy?
being big boy

3. What makes mom sad?
be naughty

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
tickle me

5. What was your mom like as a child?
you went to school

6. How old is your mom?
ummm, 2, your 2

7. How tall is your mom?
'lifting his hand up past his head' This big, this big

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
doing a game

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
you do stay with Korbyn

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
umm, um, i can't bemember

11. What is your mom really good at?
at tickling

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12. What is your mom not very good at?
umm, putting me in time out

13. What does your mom do for a job?
get somebody a shot

14.What is your mom's favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of your mom?

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Handy Manny

17. What do you and your mom do together?
um, play

18. How are you and your mom the same?
both of us are the same

19. How are you and your mom different?
you're a girl mommy, i'm a boys

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
to the moon and back

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
okay sorry, we skipped this one...

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Are you ready for some Football!??!

So on Friday night, mom, dad, Kanin, Korbyn and I walked down to the High School football game (about 3 blocks from my place and there's). As soon as we get there Kanin starts yelling, "Go Vikings".....oops looks as if I need to take him to a few more High School sports, as our team name is Carrington Cardinals, not quite the Vikings....guess we watch more NFL than I thought, and sad thing is we don't watch it very often!

Hope you all have a happy Sunday and remember, GO VIKINGS! Yes, we will probably be watching this afternoon!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


So sickness has hit the house again...seems that when it happens we get a couple of spurts close together then we are free and clear for awhile. About 2 weeks ago Kanin came back from his dads house with a fever that lasted 2 days. Then 2 days later, Korbyn had a fever and was throwing up in daycare, but his fever was gone by that night. Now last night/this morning Kanin woke up throwing up at about 4:25 am. Of course all the commotion in the bedroom woke Korbyn up, but he managed to go back to sleep.

He still complains of a upset tummy at times but has been playing off and on through the morning. He did manage to eat a little toast and some fruit snacks later in the morning. We shall see how the day goes!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


There is nothing better then having your children come running up to you after a weekend away and giving you the biggest hug ever and not wanting to let go!!

Grandma picked the boys up today and Kanin came to the apartment window and yelled in to me and told me he had a new car seat! So I went outside to see them and he met me in the hall and gave me the BIGGEST hug and told me to come with him. So outside we went and I stepped onto the grass and when Korbyn saw me, he he yelled, "MOMMY" and came running up to me. I picked him up and he wrapped his arms around my neck, and would not let go!! He stayed like that until we got into the house. I LOVE it!! I miss them so much when they are gone!!!

I hope you enjoy the picture I posted, it is compliments of Anita and Running 4 Country Smiles! We had a blast and I can't wait to share more pictures, but I myself haven't had time to go through the disk and ALL the pictures on it!! There are a lot of them!! And each and everyone of them are great!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

1st Combine Rides!!

Uncle Josh and his Father-in-law Don were kind enough to take the boys on their first combine ride on Tuesday night!! They LOVED it and can't wait to go back during the corn harvest!!

Thank you Don and Josh!!!

Here are some pics of their fun evening!!

Up Kanin goes!!

Up Goes Korbyn with Uncle Josh!

Away they go!!!

They even got to help dump the beans into the grain cart (twice) and Kanin was so proud he got to push the buttons!!

Headed back to mom!

Ant they are done...and very tired! Both crashed on they way back home!!!!

Thank you!!

I just wanted to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for their support on my last entry. I just felt the need to voice my thoughts/feelings. You all are just too sweet!! Thank you again!!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Single Motherhood

So I know this is our Family Blog, but today I feel the need to come on here and post something for me.

Having been a single mother for the last 27 months or so I have learned a lot. One thing I have learned is that single motherhood (parenthood) is not for the weak, it is the toughest 'job' I have ever had. Not just in bad ways either. There are a lot of high points and low points. I do know that if someone had told me before I got pregnant with my boys that I would be a single mother I would not have changed the outcome. I love my 2 little boys with all my heart. They make me who I am. I have always wanted to be a mother and they make me happy time and time again!

One of the toughest parts I find of being a single mother is discipline. Discipline is so hard for me, I know a parent can't always be a child's best friend (though Kanin tells me pretty much everyday that I am his best friend). I feel that discipline is needed to grow strong, well mannered children.

Another tough part is sharing events. Funny as it sounds I dislike not having someone to look over to and talk too at the end of a fund day or event. Take tonight for example, the boys got their first combine rides. I loved seeing the excitement on their face when we got there and when they got off the combine, but sitting here alone tonight, I have no one to share the story with.

Jobs are hard when you are a single parent also. Mainly because you can only work certain hours, because you have to take into consideration, who is going to watch the kids, how they are going to get the sleep they need (if one were to say work 2-10:30 and you had to pick the up at daycare take them home to bed and get them up in the morning for daycare) etc. Because of that I have not been able to take 2 jobs that I would have loved! Of course, my boys come first and always will, since the day I found out I was pregnant with Kanin I come second, my children come first.

Another, probably the toughest is having to drop my boys off every other weekend. People keep telling me it gets easier, but I think they are fooling themselves, or at least me. It has been 2 years since I had to start doing this and it has yet to get easier, in fact, some weeks it is harder than it was in the beginning. This includes Holidays, which some can be extremely tough with others just like a normal weekend.

Enough with the negative, though those are not completely awful.

One of the greatest things about being a single mother is the fact that I get all the hugs, kisses and love from my boys all day long! I can't tell you how many times a day my kids will come up and just give me a kiss, hug and/or tell me they love me!! Each and every time they do it, it melts my heart!

Another is being able to pick up and leave and go out of town whenever we want! Before I would feel guilty because my ex was working and we were off having a good day at the zoo, shopping, etc. But now, we can just go whenever we want without the guilt, but then this leads to the one negative, no one to come home to and share stories about the day with.

I also love how excited my kids get when they do something new or just want to share a story. Kanin gets so excited about things and gives you his full on attention when telling you a story about school, daycare, or anything and expects your full on attention too (you have to watch the facial expressions and the talking hands to get the full extent of the story, lol!). I love that I can enjoy these special moments with the boys.

Of course being a single mother has been made easier with the loving support of our wonderful family and great friends. I do know that if they were not here for us, I would not have made it this far, nor would have the boys. And for that I can't THANK them enough.

With that I will end this, it feels good to let my feelings out and known, I know not many people read this, but stills feel good to get them out.

Funny how I said I wanted to keep this up, yet, I haven't once again. Maybe this time I will....If I get off track again, give me a swift kick in the butt and I will get back at it!

We will start at the beginning....

Me, I am the same as usual. Busy working and taking care of the boys. Took a slight cut in hours at work due to low census status, but everyone did. Hope we an make it up soon, but we just don't have a line of people waiting at this time to be admitted to the home....

Kanin, he is in Preschool and seems to be doing well. He is still busy as usual and rarely sits still for any extended period of time, he always has to be doing something! He also goes to Sunday School everyother Sunday. He has only gone once so far (tried to take him this Sunday and he cried and cried and wouldn't let Korbyn and I leave without him.

Korbyn he is busy as usual too. He seems to be just as busy as his brother. He is defiantly in the full blown terrible 2's. As well as being in a super whiny stage at the same time. He wants to go to school with Kanin all the time again, so hopefully next year I will put him in pre-school!

Both boys are growing like weeds and have pretty much outgrown all their pants, thankfully for Kanin we picked up pants the next size up so he has some...looks as if my little Korbyn will be in 3T's! Kanin is in a 5T or even a 6! It is crazy shopping in the Boy's section for Kanin instead of the Toddler!!

Until next time....