January 25, 2011

And it Spreads

I've been wondering how long it would take; but I knew, one day, it would happen.  It was inevitable.  They're around each other all the time.  They hug, kiss, make each other laugh.  They're in constant contact.  They share many, many things.  I can't stop it, usually I watch with a smile.  So I knew it would be a matter of time, the day would come... 

The day when... ALL 3 of my kids are sick at the same time.  Dun...dun...dun...

It all began yesterday, Hayley had strep, again.  Then Ryan told me that her throat we hurting last night.  And then Baby Jack had a runny nose.  This morning, both Ryan and Jack were running fevers.  Uh...no.  Hayley was still complaining about her throat, but seemed to be doing much better.  (Amazing what a day of rest and antibiotics can do!)

I've been pretty lucky with Baby Jack.  He's only been sick once before and that was just a few weeks ago.  I've been more than thrilled that's he avoided his sisters' sick germs for so long.  And like most good things, they had to come to an end.  He was negative for strep, so it just looks like a bad cold. 

Wait...he's awake....

And his cough is sounding like croup...great.  That means another trip to the pediatrician tomorrow.  My poor boy. 

As for Ryan, she just seems to have a cold as well.  (She was negative for strep too!)  Hopefully hers doesn't worsen.  The pediatrician gave me prescriptions for everyone, just in case.

Say a little prayer for us!  All this illness is getting old, we need a break.  For now, I think I am going to Lysol my entire house.  And maybe my car. 

January 24, 2011

Strep x2

At the pediatrician today, I just laid my hand to my forehead.  The culture was positive for strep.  Not again.  Seriously.  Both the girls had finished their antibiotics last week and were doing great.  Then yesterday, Hayley was just not her happy self.  She lounged around most of the day.  And she voluntarily went to bed early, she hardly ever never does that.  Then this morning, she did not rise at her normal hour and I resorted to smacking her with a stuffed animal to rouse her.  And then she spoke those three words...my throat hurts.  I felt her forehead, definite warmth.  Not again.

So, off to the pediatrician we went later that morning.  And like I said above, strep...again.  The same thing happened to Ryan, she had strep first and tested positive again when Hayley had it the first time.  Her doctor even mentioned that it was her fourth positive test that day.  I remember having strep as a child and I've had it a few times as an adult.  It is not pleasant.  It makes me cringe to even think about that pain. 

Hopefully, this second, stronger antibiotic will completely boot it from her system.  I hope.

I know it's been going around.  She's not the only one in her class that has had it.  It just sucks, I feel for her.  I wish the ENT surgeon had taken her tonsils out when he removed her adenoids when she was four.  I asked him, but he said her tonsils were fine.  Lame.   

And now my poor Ryan is feeling a little left out.  Hayley is getting lots of attention and Baby Jack is always getting attention.  Hopefully she is just hoping to cash in on a little mommy time when she earlier said...Mommy, my throat hurts! 

January 21, 2011

Five Question Friday

Oh Friday, you've come at last.  I'm spending most of my day at Hayley's school.  I have my hours to work in the morning and the auction project to work on in the afternoon.  I always look forward to Fridays, it's always fun to spend time in Hayley's class.  And after school, who knows what the rest of the day will hold.  Maybe a pedicure, maybe Jonas will make dinner...hint...hint...    

But now, it's time for 5QF!  Check out My Little Life to link up!

1. Where did you meet your spouse and did you instantly know it was love?
Jonas and I met at Winter Homecoming in high school.  I made my friend introduce me to him and then he asked me to dance.  We started dating soon after that.   

I wouldn't call it love at first sight, but I was definitely smitten with him.   

And it was a little bit of fate too.  I didn't want to go to that dance, but my friend made. I had ditched her the year before because of my then-boyfriend, who lived far far away, didn't want me to go.  He was a jerk.  Huge jerk.  Anyways, I kept telling her no, but I finally relented and went with her to the dance.  Good thing too... :)

2. What is your favorite room in your house?

My living room.  I love nothing more than to lay out on my couch after all the kiddos are in bed and catch up on some shows on the DVR.  Or watch a movie with my husband.  Or while away time on my computer.  It's a comfort thing and I am definitely comfortable in my living room.
3. Can you wiggle your ears?

I am laughing because I am attempting to wiggle my ears as I write this.  My eyebrows are moving, but I am sensing no movement from my ears.  My attempt has failed.  No, I can not wiggle my ears.  I know this, because I just checked.

4. What is your evening ritual?

Jonas puts the girls to bed and I tend to Baby Jack.  I get him in pajamas, nurse him and lay him down.  And say a little prayer that he'll sleep through the night.  I sneak a peek in the girls room and wish them good night too.  And then I go wash my face, which I love.  I use Clinque and I love it.  Especially when it's scrub night, my face always feels so clean and fresh.  After that, I get into some pajamas and head down to the living room.  Oh, and I have to pump some milk for Baby Jack.  It then becomes decision time.  Do I watch TV, get on the computer, play a video game, read a book, eat some ice cream I don't need, clean...decisions...decisions...

5. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?

I am finding that I can function on less and less lately.  I don't think that is a good thing.  Baby Jack is inconsistent with sleep lately.  Sometimes he makes it through most of the night and other times he does not.  It also doesn't help that I am usually up watching TV or reading or on my computer into the night.  I try to get at least 6 hours.  I try... 

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January 20, 2011


On the radio today the DJ was talking about a lady who was caught on a mall security camera falling into a fountain while texting.  The video was posted on YouTube.  It became viral.  People probably laughed while watching it.  I did. 

You would have thought that would have been the end of it.  But...no...

The woman in the video came forward and cried foul.  She's been humiliated.  She's angry.  She angry that no one came to her aid.  And now...she is going to sue.

I have an issue with this.  I do agree with her on one point, the mall security people should have helped her.  They are at fault, but I leave it at that. 

But...I really don't think this is anything she needs to take legal action over.  There are millions of videos on YouTube of people doing stupid, silly, funny things; things they would be embarrassed over.  Remember the wisdom tooth unicorn singing girl?  Yeah, she was a little embarrassed, but she laughed at herself.  She was even on Ellen.  She didn't sue her sister for posting the video to YouTube. 

I'm sorry she's been laughed at, I'm sorry I laughed.  Again, why did she even come forward?  There was no way to identify her from the video.  A lawsuit is a bit much.  She needs to realize that she was negligent herself. 

I can't even wrap my head around all of this.  Soon, there would have been another video capturing people's attention and her fall into the fountain would have been buried among the other forgotten viral videos.  If she had to have come forward, then she could have just admitted she did something dumb and bring light to the mall's security lack of tact.  Laugh about it and move on.  She could have been on Ellen...Ellen would have made her laugh about it.

But no.  She has a lawyer.  A lawsuit is imminent.  You may not agree with me, but I have a hard time sympathizing with her.  Now, she is going to be known as the women that fell into the fountain while texting and sued the mall.   

January 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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January 18, 2011

I Shouldn't Laugh

But, she is only three and doesn't know any better.  Today, while hanging out in the pick-up line at Hayley's school, Ryan said something.  It was funny and it probably wasn't funny.  But again, she's 3!

I don't even know if I should post this, but it made me laugh.  And then I told her that wasn't nice.

Again, while sitting in the car waiting for the bell to ring Ryan said:

"Look Mommy!!  It's a man-lady!"

Thank goodness we were in our car, because I would have been thoroughly embarrassed.  Scarlet in color.  And apologizing to this person.   

I don't even know where she got it from.  I blame Jonas.  I probably should not have laughed, but it was funny.  And she's three.  She's only three.


Fine Line

I have an issue.  I am frustrated, mostly because my daughter is frustrated.  I've worked very hard to teach Hayley to be a good friend.  She knows it's always good to share with her friends.  She knows it's not nice to make fun of people.  She knows that it is never okay to be a bully.  She stands up for her friends.  She's gracious.  She's kind.  Hayley is a good friend. 

However, I think in all of this, she's forgotten to stand up for herself sometimes.  She's a people pleaser, like her mommy, and sometimes she gives in too easily.  And she's becoming frustrated.  And I've become angry and frustrated about it.  Now, there's the line between being the good friend that shares and not being the the kid that gets bossed around.  It's hard, for both of us.

And now, the hard lesson begins.  I know I have to stand up for my daughter.  That's the only way she is going to learn to stand up for herself.  She's afraid and I am afraid for her.  I want her to have friends, but I want her to have friends that make her happy.  And Hayley has some awesome friends; it's funny, her best friend isn't even a girl.  He's one of the coolest kids I know. 

That being said, it's not fair for her to be frustrated during playtime with some of her other friends.  Especially when she's just trying her best to be the nice polite girl I've guided her to be.  I don't understand why other parents don't teach their children these same lessons.  I don't understand why other parents believe it's okay for their kids to be bossy. Or those parents that makes excuses for their kids.  It's not okay.

But I also know it's not okay for my daughter to become a pushover.  It's something I am familiar with, I've had my share of crappy friends growing up (hell, some as an adult) and it took me a long time to learn that I deserved better.  I love that Hayley defends her friends when they're bullied by others.  I love that she is so kind and so thoughtful.  I love that Hayley knows that it is important to be a good friend and to be nice to everyone.  Now I just need to teach her that it's okay to stand up for herself, even if it upsets someone else.  I need to let her know that it is not okay for her to be bossed around.  She knows it's not okay to treat others that way, why should it be okay for someone to treat her that way.

So far, there's been a lot of talking between Hayley and myself.  (and Jonas.)  She knows that when she isn't having any fun, it's time to go home.  She knows that she should have friends that treat her the same way she treats people.  She knows.  I just hope she begins to act on it and soon.  I hope.


January 14, 2011

Five Question Friday

This last week has been interesting, I don't know what else to say.  Lots of trips to the doctors, my first cat-scan, the girls had strep...


I was even able to clean my house this week. 
And now...it's time for 5QF!  Head on over to My Little Life to link up!

1. What movie could you watch over and over again and not get tired of?

There are a few:

Moulin Rouge... I can hear Ewan McGregor singing to me right now.  And then Where the Heart Is and The Notebook. 

And when Tangled comes out, I know I will be watching it over and over again.  I won't even blame the girls, I won't mind at all.

2. What's your biggest pet peeve right now?

Putting things away in the dishwasher.  I can not stand for things to be sitting around on my counters or any where else.  My husband complains when I put his glass in the dishwasher because he's going to use it later.  Too bad, there are more clean glasses in the cupboard. 

And dishes do not belong in the sink either.  Nope.  The only time that is ever acceptable is when the dishwasher is running or you're in the middle or cooking.  And even then, just wash it and put it away.

3. If you had to describe your best friend in five words or less, what would you say?

Emily- Creative, strong, faithful, gifted and beautiful.

4. If you did not have to worry about money or go to school what would you do for a living?

Photography or politics.  I love photography.   

5. What is your one "splurge" item, that you will always buy, no matter the cost?

My Bumble and bumble hair products, I love them.  They're worth every penny. 

And going to the salon for my hair, Kelsie is worth every penny too.  I've always had a thing about my hair, I love getting it done.  I feel better about myself when I like my hair.  And I finally have a stylist that is awesome and shares my love of cupcakes, so it's a win-win!

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January 13, 2011


A lot has happened since I last posted to this blog.  And it all began with a headache and a stressful week.  I've been having those [headaches] a lot lately.  I used to suffer from migraines a lot as a teenager, but then as I got into my twenties they became less frequent.  And soon, no more.  Until now, thankfully not so frequent.  But a migraine, is a migraine.  No fun whatsoever.   

However, this last headache was much different.  It came suddenly and without warning really.  I don't want to go into too many details.  I will leave that to your imagination.  All I will say is that the headache began in the wee hours of Thursday night, I was not asleep.  Neither was my husband.

And then BAM!  If I had been standing, I would have fallen over screaming from the pain.  I hate to imagine what would have happened if I had been driving.  The pain was so sudden, throbbing and just plain awful.  I had never experienced anything like it before.  We debated over calling 911, looking back now, we probably should have called for an ambulance.  I just laid as still as I could, took an ibuprofen and laid a cool cloth on my face.  And prayed.

The ibuprofen barely took the edge off and I was still in pain that morning.  But I'm a mom and my girls had school.  And it was my work day at Hayley's school.  Jonas could have went, but I was more worried about being home along with that headache.  So I went to school and worked with a class of first graders.  It wasn't so bad, Hayley's teacher told me to just do the busy work and let the other moms deal with the kids.  And thankfully it was only a half-day.  I called my doctor as soon as I got home. 

They advised me to go to walk-in clinic since they were booked.  I loathe that place.  But I went, because my headache was still there.  Still awful.  Not as awful as when it had started, but awful nonetheless.  I went and was happy to see that there was little to no wait.  And the ARNP that I saw was really nice and genuine.  I told her about my headache and shared the uncomfortable details of its origin.  She immediately sent me to get a CT scan. 

So, after dropping the girls off with our friends, we (Jonas, myself and Baby Jack) were off to the medical office where the CT's are done.  The CT was a little nerve racking, but quick.  I was in so much pain, I don't think I realized how worried I was about it.  And thankfully, it was clear.  I was sent home to rest with my meds.

I spent most of my weekend in bed, my headache remained.  It's severity lessened, but it still lingered.  In fact, I still have a headache as I write this.  I went back to the doctor earlier this week.  He blamed it on a migraine, although I had no headache before this particular episode.  Or it could have been high blood pressure.  I am now supposed to monitor my blood pressure when I have a headache.

I honestly don't know.  I'm afraid it will happen again.  It was the worse headache I have ever had in my life.  And I am not comfortable with the fact that it's never really gone away since then.  I thought maybe it was due to all of the stress of last week, but I feel like I am in a good place right now.  Not much stress, no need for the constant headache.  I'm at a loss.         

January 7, 2011

Five Question Friday

It's my first 5QF of 2011! 

Jack is also 7 months old today! 

This year has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, but I won't let that blemish my hopes for the rest of this year.  For now, onto 5QF!  Head on over to My Little Life to link up! 

1. What is your current favorite book, and why?

I am really into the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin.  I've read the first two, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings and they're both awesome.  And now I'm finally using my new Kindle to read the third one, A Storm of Swords.  So far, it's great.  I've never read fantasy novels before, but my husband bought it for me and insisted that I would love it.  He was right, they're awesome.  And... HBO is turning it into a series!!  It starts in April!  I can't wait.
2. Do you go to the dentist regularly?

Yes, I do.  And that's a lot for me, because I am not a big fan of the dentist.  I prefer to use nitrous, I will even pay extra for it.  I become incredibly anxious at the dentist.  I am not even sure why.  I've only had 3 cavities in my life and my wisdom teeth out, so I've had it fairly easy when it comes to the dentist.

Thankfully, I've found a dentist that I like, so it's not as bad.

3. What is your worst memory from High School?

The first thing that popped into my head was the death of a friend of mine.  She was killed in a car accident.  It was the first time that something like that had happened to me and most of the people I knew. 

I lost my grandfather when I was a kid, but this was different.  It was very real.  Life and death became very real to me during that time.  It was very sad.  She also happened to be a twin, I was friends with her sister as well.  I still count her as one of my friends today.  It was a sad time at our school.   

4. What do you hope to be remembered for in your life?

I don't plan on being famous or anything.  I would really rather not be.  I want to be remembered for the things that I find important in my life.  My family; my husband and my kids.  And my friends and family.

I want to be remembered for being a good person, a good mother, wife and friend.  For being kind and thoughtful.  For being there for people.  Always doing my best. 

5. Are you superstitious or do you have any superstitions?

I don't do laundry on New Year's Day.  It's my mom's rule.  I've heard it somewhere before too.  (Look here, scroll down a bit, the reference is in the work section.)  When my grandfather passed away, it was right after Christmas.  It was January 3rd and my mom had done laundry on New Year's Day.  Even though she knows that had nothing to do with it, she still associates those two things.  I'd rather not tempt fate. 

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January 6, 2011

A Conversation with Ryan

Today was Ryan's first day back at preschool since Christmas.  I thought she would be a little excited to tell me about her day after I had picked her up.  I asked her, she said that she had a good day.  And then, not even before we're out of the parking lot, she says:

"I want hot chocolate.  Can we go to Starbucks?"

I told her no, we should wait until Hayley gets out of school this afternoon.  And she says:

"No, I can't wait.  I want a hot chocolate."

And it really is cute, in her pushy little 3 year old way.  But again, I tell her no.  It's not fair that we always go without Hayley, we should wait until we go pick up Hayley.  (And Hayley always finds out and calls my foul.)  This time Ryan says:

"Well...can we go pick her up now?"

January 4, 2011

Highlights from Christmas

Christmas has been put away at my house.  Well, all except the outside lights, but that's Jonas' job.  It was a good Christmas, the kids were happy with their gifts.  As were Jonas and myself.  Remember that big box under the tree, it was the KitchenAid stand mixer I had been wishing for.  And it was red.  It look so pretty on my kitchen counter.  It's also, amazing.  I've used it for cabbage rolls and cookies.  Oh, and it makes the best whipped cream!  Swoon!

Ok, enough of my love for my new small appliance.  I didn't take great pictures this year, I always get so busy with the kids and forget.  Here are the highlights:

Hayley got a...

And Ryan got a...

Petshop House.
Jack got a toybox, but I didn't take a picture of him with it.  So here's one of him opening a gift instead.

And here are a couple more shots of Christmas. 

January 2, 2011

Monday Minute

It's the first Monday Minute of 2011.  And here's to the New Year!  I haven't made any resolutions.  I'm just looking forward to all the things to come. 

Head on over to Is There a Doctor in the House to link up!

(1) If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go to?

Ah, road trips.  They're so different now with kids.  Fun.  And crazy.  (Pull my hair out crazy.)

I would want to go on a road trip with my husband, sans my kiddos.  I would want to go to a beach somewhere.  I love, LOVE, talking long walks on the beach.  It would be nice to just spend sometime together, somewhere that we both enjoy.  I'd miss my kiddos, but it would be great to have some along time with Jonas.  That's so hard to come by these days.

(2) If you knew you had 24 hours left to live, name three things you would do in the time you had left.

Sky Dive, call my family and just spend time in bed snuggling with my husband and kids.

(3) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

There was a time I wanted to sell cars, like my Dad.  He was a manager at a Nissan dealership. 

I also wanted to be a lawyer for a little while, sometimes I still do. 

And I also wanted to be a journalist/author.  I wrote my own little murder mystery when I was in 3rd grade, me and a friend of mine.  We would sit under the slide during recess and work on our novel.  The Night of the Murder, lol. 

(4) Out of the last five years of your life, which was the worst and why?

This last year has been both good and hard.  Jack came, but bringing Jack into this world was difficult.  Jack's birth definitely stands out more than anything, but it's also shadowed by everything I went through during the pregnancy.  I have a hard time reconciling all of that sometimes.  It wasn't the worst year, because I would do it all again.  But it wasn't easy. 

And then there's 2006, we moved away from Colorado to Washington.  That was hard.  Very hard.  We moved away from everything we had really ever known.  Our family and friends.  All things familiar.  That was a difficult time.  When we moved away, we were really on our own.  We moved away from our entire support system.   

(5) Out of the last five years of your life, which was the best and why?

2009 was a good year, we learned we were pregnancy with baby #3.  I felt that we were finally beginning to get settled here in Washington and put down some roots.  Jonas and I were able to take a little more time for ourselves.  2007 was also great, we learned we were expecting Ryan.  After trying to conceive for over a year, it was welcome news.  I was so excited for Hayley to have a sibling, it was so much fun getting her ready for all of that. 

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