Sick Kids, Rainy Days

June 9, 2010

I am in disbelief at how easy it is for me to get derailed. Jason got sick this weekend, Anna on Monday.  We had to call and see if we could postpone our swim lessons to the next session.  You know when you’re trapped indoors with kids who wish they were out?  Well… today Jason was a ton better.  He is playing at a neighbor’s house right now.  Anna’s not quite done with her cough, so I kept her away from the other children.

Anyway… I just think it’s strange that it is the kids that are sick, but I feel run down, too.  Can’t make myself get much done.  I get into those same ruts that I swore I’d never get into again… like the “I don’t want to cook or clean or watch the kids today” rut.  Ironically, it’s those times when the kids are kind of laying around watching TV that I would normally use to catch up on dishes, laundry, cleaning up, etc.

Hmmm…… I’ll let you know if I figure it out. 🙂


Close Call

May 21, 2010

Today in dance class, Anna picked up a bug. This is not unusual for Anna as she has recently been obsessed with all kinds of bugs. It was the size of a cricket. She looked it over for a few seconds, then put it back on the ground. Her teacher had not seen her pick it up, so she told the teacher about the bug on the ground. Miss Stephanie called me in with a broom. I asked if it was a cricket. Miss Stephanie said, “No, it’s a scorpion.” It was at least 3 inches long. And Anna had picked it up and looked it over before replacing it. Yikes!

I asked if it was alive, and they didn’t know. I nudged it with the broom and it started squirming. Killed it, threw it away, and went in the next room to start breathing again.

None of us could believe it hadn’t stung Anna when she held it, but then we were told that the exterminator had been there yesterday, so it was probably already dying and didn’t have strength to sting. Whew!

Anna now knows about scorpions and is clear that she will never pick one up again.

Europe Doesn’t Like Me

April 17, 2010

Well, this story really begins back in October 2005 when I had an opportunity to travel with Mark to Belgium.  Got my passport renewed, started planning where I’d go, and then found out the trip was postponed to February.  I was 5 months pregnant in October of 2005, so by February I was unable to travel. 

This time around, I was so excited that I didn’t have to worry about renewing my passport… had that from last time I tried to go.  I even had my bags 90 per cent packed when I got the email that my flight had been canceled due to the volcanic ash plume from the eruption in Iceland.  I was thinking… really? honestly?  Can this be true?  A volcano…  in Iceland is going to affect my trip to Paris?

Spending my day on the phone with American Airlines, trying to get rebooked was stressful, but I was all set for a new flight today.  But to no one’s surprise, it too has been canceled.  The next available flight won’t be until April 23rd, so I had to get a refund.

Meanwhile, it seems Mark may have taken one of the last airplanes to Brussels on Wednesday morning and he will now have to try to get himself home after his work is finished. 

But, as you can see by the title of my post, I have decided that Europe doesn’t like me.  At all.  They do NOT want me to come there.  Even went so far as to get the volcano to prevent me.  🙂

But seriously, I feel so sorry for all the people who have been sleeping in airports or train station lines just waiting to get somewhere, anywhere.  At least I am stranded at home and AA didn’t let me get on the new flight that would have had me stranded in Chicago. 

If I ever get to visit Europe, I think I will really appreciate the sights so much more than I would have otherwise… because if I ever make it there, it will be a miracle!

Marshmallow Igloos

November 16, 2009

Short post today…  This week at Mom to Mom, Anna’s class made an igloo by gluing marshmallows onto an igloo.  Jason loved the idea so much, he decided to make one himself, but his was completely edible as his base was the ice cream from a tiny cup of Blue Bell and used no glue.  After posing for the camera, he covered it in chocolate syrup and ate it up.  Anna posed with her igloo, too, but just ate marshmallows instead of making a new one. 

I also have a pic here of Anna wearing one of the dresses Aunt Alva handed down to her from Jennifer.  She looked like Little Orphan Annie at church on Sunday.  So cute!

Hope everyone’s okay.  It’s Monday, so I’m pretty exhausted.  Supposed to be grocery day, but…  Don’t know if that will happen.  🙂

ANOTHER Tooth Bites the Dust!

November 12, 2009

Apparently, people want to know when Jason loses his teeth. This is big news. I am not the best person at communicating, so here is a late posting about another lost tooth. Jason was on his way to a tee ball end-of-season party when he took a drink of water and accidentally swallowed more than water! His tooth came out and there was a bit of blood. He wanted to go to the doctor, but we assured him all was well and that the tooth fairy would come anyway. And she did. This time. Whew!

Including a pic of Anna cooking with me Saturday morning. Hardly ever happens… both me cooking and Anna helping me cook. Also including a pic of J’s new missing-2-teeth smile and a pic of him wearing his Astroboy shirt. Funny thing… Jason’s Fun Uncle James gave him this shirt months ago, but it was too big. We didn’t know anything about Astroboy. Nothing much has changed except that McDonald’s started giving out Astroboy toys. Apparently there was a movie released recently. So Jason got to have a “cool” shirt at a very appropriate time. Probably the only time this will ever happen, right? Thanks to James!!!

Gummy Foot

November 4, 2009

Somehow, despite all of my efforts to normalize my children, I must have failed miserably.  This morning, my eyes were opened to a sad fact:  My daughter is unafraid of eating body parts.  Now maybe this is normal for a 3-1/2 year old girl, but this morning after breakfast, when my daughter asked to choose a piece of Halloween candy, the piece of choice was the “gummy foot.”  For those of you who haven’t seen a gummy foot, count yourself blessed.  A gummy foot is a flesh-colored squishy candy that has red coloring around the place where it must have been gruesomely disconnected from the rest of the gummy body.  Anna had the BEST time licking the foot, squishing it, making cute little comments like, “Mmm… gummy foot!”  (Deep sigh)  

In other body part news, Jason lost his first tooth a few days ago!  He was visited by the tooth fairy a day late, as she obviously didn’t get him on her list right away.  But the night after Jason lost his tooth, the tooth fairy gave him a dollar!  I now feel old.  I remember when you might get a quarter… maybe two quarters… for a tooth.  I’m sure my parents used to think, “I remember when I only got a nickel or a dime for my tooth” when the tooth fairy gave us money.

Here are the pics from Halloween.  Mark went to a great deal of trouble and lost sleep to make a tiny little Mario jack-o-latern (or “jackety-lantern,” as Anna says.)  Jason was Mario for Halloween this year… complete with spray-0n black hair and a mustache and white gloves.  Anna wanted to be a ladybug again.  We had already bought her a jackety-lantern costume, so she wore that to school one day.  There is also a pic of Jason on “crazy hair” day at his school, a pic of Jason’s smile minus one tooth, and a pic of Anna’s gummy foot.  Enjoy!

September is Birthday Month

September 16, 2009

Okay…  I am having an unreal amount of trouble getting photos to insert where I want them to insert, so I think I will write the rest of the blog in captions, as I can’t just scatter photos throughout like I thought I could.  Hope everyone’s having a good day.  Anna and I missed our “Mom to Mom” session today.  She didn’t sound like she should be going… sniffling and coughing.  I think it’s just allergies, because she seems to fine otherwise, but…  She asked to stay home, so here we are.  Every time I say she looks like she feels better, she looks at me with those “I’m sick” eyes and gives me a [cough cough].  Ha!  Anyway, here’s the photos (I hope.) *****  Okay, I added photos, but in order to see what I wrote to go along with them, you have to double click on one and read each description.  Surely there is an easier way to blog.