Sunday, March 28, 2010

Missing Tooth and God's Phone Number

The fun stuff always happens while Michael is working and the last couple of Wednesdays have been interesting. 

Last week while Aidan was taking a shower he somehow slipped and fell in the shower and hit his face, knocking out the very loose top tooth and busting his lip. All I heard was crying and screaming. I ran in there to find him bleeding all over the place, holding his face and noticing his tooth was gone. He got out of the shower and we tried to stop the bleeding over the sink. Just about the time I think I am getting him calmed down he starts freaking out on me. I asked him (more calmly now) what the matter is. He said he lost his tooth and was so upset it was gone. Evidentaly he had been holding it in his mouth, but when I told him to spit the blood out, the tooth came out also and went down the drain. He was more horrified with the fact of losing his tooth down the drain than all of the blood pouring out of his mouth!! Once he got all cleaned up, he wrote the tooth fairy a note explaining that he fell in the shower, busted his lip and lost his tooth. It was so cute. He was so worried she would not come, but so excited when he woke up in the morning to find money under his pillow.

The same night Keenan asked me what God's phone number is.  I explained that God did not need a phone number, that we only had to talk to him in prayer. He said, "Yeah, but what is his number?" I again explained that we can pray to God at anytime of the day, and that he doesn't need a phone. Don't know if that appeased his curriosity or not, but it seemed to satisfy his daily faith question/challenge for the day. (He has been asking a lot of faith questions lately ... wish there was a manual on how to respond!)

Also the other night when we were eating dinner (I made Chinese).  We asked Keenan if he wanted to try some Chinese.  He said, "No, I don't like Chinese.  They have dirty water."  I guess of all of the things we told him about our trip to China and of all of the great pictures and stories we have, the thing he most remembers is that the water in China is dirty.  We may have to work on that a bit.

Bella has been talking so much more.  A lot of what she says we know what she is saying, although others would not because it does not sound like it should.  But she is trying and words are coming more readily all of the time.  While reading a book last night where you slide the page to reveal a sea creature that is being described, she started saying, "It's me!"  because the page always starts out with "It's me!  I'm a starfish." or "It's me!  I'm a dolphin."  It cracked us up.  She was so excited and so clear in her speech.  She is also saying "Help me" "Watch Me" "nana" (for banana) "moon" "hi mama" and our favorites are still "no" and "mine".  We are excited that she has started to put multiple words together in sentences and also point things out when she sees them.  We were driving home the other night and she pointed out the window and exclaimed "moon!"  She was so proud of herself and we are too.


  1. Oh my goodness - so much going on at the Garlands! I'm glad Aidan is ok (what a way to loose a tooth and gain faith in the Tooth Fairy) :) and I hope Keenan figures out the direct line to God instead of being concerned about dialing a few phone numbers. :) Don't you love the kids' questions?! (Tyler has been far more concerned with death recently...those are WAY tricky to answer!)

    Keep enjoying those moments with Bella ("It's Me!" - I love it!)...I really hope we can get together soon.

  2. Go Bella!!! We are so proud of you sweet girl!

    Love the toothe fairy and phone number stories! Your boys are a hoot!!!!

    miss you guys!!!!!

  3. your kids are hysterical...what a riot their perceptions truly are! :-) & how wonderful that miss bella is using so many new words! that's a very exciting step for her.

  4. if Aiden talks to a plumber, he'll figure out how to recover the tooth out of the sink drain trap and cash it in with the toothfairy for even more money!$!$!$!$!$!
    cute post! Kevin H.

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE those stories!!! SOOO proud of Bella!!!! Your family is AMAZING!!! We love you guys!!!:0)

  6. so so so proud of bella and can't wait to meet your amazing boys!!! <3