Sunday, March 7, 2010

Bad Parent Moments and Renovations

We definitely love how eventful life is with the Walkman! We've had some interesting experiences in the last couple of weeks that I would like to label "bad parent moments." Okay, they aren't really that bad, but they are kind of funny. The first happened on the day we picked Matt up from the airport from his Dubai trip. Walker and I were outside playing in the yard, pushing around his "cozy coupe" car, and he started running a little too fast and face planted right on the driveway. It was one of those times when I felt like life was in slow motion. His tiny body fell first and then his face hit with a smack, resulting in a little scratched up nose and a big strawberry on the forehead. It was his first real fall (he's had tons of falls in the house with lots of forehead bruises and bloody lips and noses) with real scratches! I was devastated and so disturbed because his nose was swollen and red and he was upset. What did Matt say? "That's my boy!"

So that was my "bad mom" moment because I was the one playing outside with Walker when he fell. Now, onto Matt's "bad dad" moment. We were at lunch today after church with Pastor Ron and a guest speaker from Habitat International who was an interesting guy from New Zealand. Let me first say that Walker is in this phase where he doesn't want to sit in his highchair during meals out (so restaurants aren't always so fun right now). We were trying to be polite and talk with the guest and hear about how Habitat is working in Ethiopia...when I picked Walker up because he was crying (and about to be screaming). I realized he was quite wet and just assumed he spilled his juice. Then, I felt my jeans getting wet while Walker was sitting on my lap...and they were even a little warm. Oh, and my food had just arrived. Unfortunately, I was internally starting to panic because I realized we didn't have a change of clothes in the car, it wasn't time for the guest to leave yet, and I just wasn't sure what to do. Margi decided to take Walker outside to see the boats and the water, and she too noticed he was wet. Meanwhile, our waitress was a bit slow in getting us our checks. When we finally got to the car to leave and change his diaper, we realized the diaper wasn't on at all! EEEKK! He was wearing overalls, and the diaper was down around his ankle. How sad?! Matt was the last one to change his diaper and apparently forgot to fasten the sides. So, Walker basically peed in my lap at the restaurant and then remained in his pee-pee overalls for the next 20 minutes or so. Then he got to ride home in just his diaper and shirt (and one shoe). How's that for a "bad parent" moment?

Bad parenting moments aside, Matt had a great trip to Dubai to plan for this summer. We are looking forward to that trip as a family (please pray for Walker's first trip overseas and for a good plane ride for him!). We are also getting ready for some house renovations right now, which is very exciting! We are hoping to close this week (pray for that too and that we can afford it). This will mean a master suite (master bedroom and bathroom) with a real closet, an indoor laundry room (no more cold or wet walks to the scary garage at night to wash our clothes--yippee!), an attached garage, a wooden deck and a new septic system. Plus, there will be some other upgrades like a new AC unit, new windows and new insulation. Our house is so cold in the winter and doesn't warm up much, so this should help. It's a pretty huge undertaking, but it will help us stay in our house. It's just too small for us right now, and we are hoping to expand our family in the future, so this will certainly help give us the space we need.

I promised more goes...there are a lot!

These are overalls that Matt's aunt made for Matt when he was 2 years old. We had to take Walker's photo in them too! (and we could only do that with a cookie as a bribe)
Walkman can never have too many "blankies," which he lovingly refers to as his "manks".
Lunch with the fam can be exhausting...Walker literally fell asleep mid lunch.
Love that sweet smile...and yes, this is Florida, but it has been freezing lately!
I know there's little resemblance, but that's my boy!
Go Gators! We are a divided household, for sure. The Walker's and several Wilbanks' are all Gators, but Matt and John are Alabama fans. Boo!
You know it's a good snack when it's all over your face.
Walk loves to play in the rafia ribbon that Julie and Ashley use in their packaging for FTD [frame the date]. We are so excited for their business, which had an amazing month in February. See where they were featured on a man blog.
Walker is a good helper in the family business. He is a great source of entertainment.
Matt's day home from Dubai...Walkman was happy to see his daddy!
Here's the infamous after pics from the fall. This really doesn't do justice to how bad he looked on the first day.
We recently added office furniture and some storage pieces to our front porch, and we are really proud of it. It looks totally different and it's very functional. We actually use the desk all the time now.
This was Walker after church last week...he was sporting his sear-sucker suit and golf cap. He looks a little like a lounge singer here.
He knew he was looking adorable. The jacket was passed down from his friend Smyth at church, who is known for being a fashion icon among other kids at MissionWay.
Bath time is our favorite time...well at least it is Walker's. He will not go to bed at night without his bath. After dinner he starts asking us, "Bath? bath? bath?"
I'm glad he loves his books. This was the first time I had ever seen him crawl up on the couch to "read" his books.
Couldn't resist the hood...I wish my pj's had a hood.
This is how we all feel on Sundays after church! Sundays are great days but LONG days too...this is what the car ride home is always like.


Darling said...

Oh my goodness! I was laughing so much at this post. Makes me miss y'all so much!! Walker looks SO cute! He's getting so big I can't believe it!

Matt, Melissa, Tyler and Brooke said...

Oh Jamie, this reminded me of the time we were at the zoo and Brooke peed through her diaper onto my friend's jeans. HA! I have never heard of someone not remembering to attach a diaper...such a "dad" moment for sure! ;-)

joven said...

beautiful blog..pls visit mine and be a follower.. thanks and God bless..