Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

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MMM! Pasta......

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme



I actually did this yesterday, but I'm counting for today. I washed and waxed my car. This was the main item on my "wish it were done list". Since tomorrow is November 1st, I felt like I was running out of time. I know the snow is coming and there is no way that I wanted to be out there in 30 degree weather washing this car. So yay!! It's done and I couldn't be more relieved. Now it's not like my list is complete. Something else is moving up to #1. I'm too tired tonight to figure out which thing it is....But it's probably finishing the screens.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Stick a Fork in Me....I'm Done

Whew! I'm exhausted! Ok, here's a run down. Went to Older Boys parade at school today. It was so cute. Little Man screamed through the whole thing because he "wanted to see Brother". I think he loves his big brother. Then we went to the outlet mall to return a pair of pants for hubby. I also stopped to pick hubby up some new winter gloves, and ended up also getting a new jacket for myself. Love when that happens. Then home to drop of outlet mall stuff and pulled out 5 screens from the downstairs windows, washed them and set them out to dry. Off to preschool to pick up Older Boy. Home again , and lunch for boys. After lunch, it was Little Mans nap time. That was my cue to turn it into high gear and get more outdoor stuff done. The weather today was absolutely beautiful, so I figured that was God's way of saying "Get 'er done" and I did. This next one is a huge accomplishment and will be on my "Tackle it Tuesday" list, but I washed and waxed the SUV. Took me 2 1/2 hours, but Little Man took a really long nap, which is usually unheard of. I also took out 8 more screens cleaned those and put them in the garage to dry (only 11 more to go...). Next I pulled out all of the summer flowers and vegetable plants. I trimmed the last rose bush and covered it for winter time. I washed 2 of the kids riding toys in the garage to put in the basement for the winter (only about 20 more to go). I'm off to bed as soon as I post today's pictures. Tomorrow we have a playgroup, a follow up doctors appointment and trick or treat. That's why I made today "move your rear end Monday", but will post it on "Tackle it Tuesday :)".

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At the outlet mall:
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I will be back tomorrow of Tackle it Tuesday...Unless I can't get out of bed tomorrow.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

A Halloween Weekend

Last night we carved pumpkins. They turned out cute! Older Boy wanted to be very hands on, but Little Man was not a fan of the pumpkin goo. Today we went to my in laws so the boys could show off their Halloween costumes and get more candy (like they need anymore).

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The Power Rangers:
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Tomorrow is Older Boys Halloween parade at school. I love seeing all the kids in their costumes....And tomorrow I'm sure I'll have more pictures.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

A Day in the Kitchen - Gluten Free

Saturdays are usually my baking day. Hubby is home and can hang with the kids so I can get some things done without children hanging on my leg. It's been an ugly weather day here, so it was a perfect day to stay in the kitchen. I made homemade chicken soup, corn bread, and pumpkin muffins. All recipes were safe for Little Mans allergies or adapted to be so.
The chicken soup was easy. I just needed to make sure that I had gluten free chicken broth and rice pasta.
The corn bread is a recipe I got off of HillBilly Housewife and adapted it for Little Man's allergies: Recipe- Ener-G egg replacer equivalent to 2 medium eggs (3 tsp. egg replacer mixed with 4 tbs. of water); 1 1/4 cups of soy milk; 1/4 cup oil or melted safe margarine; 1 1/2 cups cornmeal; 3/4 brown rice flour; 1 tbs. baking powder; 1 tsp. salt, 2 tbs. sugar; 1 tsp. xanthan gum; 1 tsp. dough enhancer.
With a hand mixer, mix together the egg replacer, milk and oil or margarine. Mix until completely blended. Add cornmeal, rice flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, xanthan gum and dough enhancer. Mix with a whisk or spoon until combined and smooth. Turn batter into oiled or greased 8 inch square pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.
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The pumpkin muffin recipe I got from The Food Allergy board on BabyCenter. It was submitted by calikathy. The recipe made 48 mini muffins and I made 24 plain and 24 with chocolate chips. Pumpkin muffins-1 1/2 cups sugar; 1/2 cup canola oil; 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree; 1/3 cup water; 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I used 1 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup arrowroot, and 1/2 cup white rice flours); 1 tsp kosher salt; 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda; 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder; 2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the wet ingredients and the sugar. Mix until they are fully incorporated. Sift dry ingredients together and add to the wet mixture and mix until incorporated. Add chocolate chips (if using-and I usually use Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips). Put the batter into greased mini muffin tins. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. These are very yummy!!

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These recipes were adapted for my sons allergies which are wheat, rye, barley, egg, milk, and peanut. All ingredients used by me are gluten free....Happy eating!

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Hay Maze and Pumpkin Farm


Happy Halloween!! The boys had a blast today at the hay maze with their cousin and friends from school. Unfortunately my camera ran out of batteries, so there aren't a lot of pictures.

Friday's Feast #117

Appetizer: Create a new candle scent
Since Little Man was diagnosed with food allergies/allergies, I haven't gotten any new scented candles, but I used to love sented candles. I'm not sure of any new scents, but how about "McDonalds French Fries".
Soup: Name one way you show affection to others
Lots of mommy kisses for my kids. I like to smother them with kisses several times a day.
Salad: What is your favorite writing instrument?
The computer. It's fast and has spell checker.
Main Course: If you were given $25 to spend anywhere on line, from which site would you buy from?
www.toysrus.com I'd like to get more Christmas shopping done :D
Are you dressing up for Halloween and if so, what are you going to be?
I am going as a crazed mommy of two wild boys. It's the same costume I wear everyday.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I'm Tired

I think that says it all. When the kids are sick, mom doesn't sleep. Little Man's been sleeping better, but he still gets up a few times, so that means I'm up with him. And for some reason the last few nights I get up at 4:30 am and can't fall asleep again until 5:30-6:00 am. By then it's almost time to get up. Older Boy's feeling better and his cough is almost gone (yah!) thanks to albuterol breathing treatments.
We went to my parents today so the boys could Trick or Treat at their house and I think that makes me tired too. Who would think that two little boys would need to have so much stuff? 2 Halloween costumes, 2 Halloween buckets, diaper bag, safe food for Little Man (gluten free pizza, cookies, juice, candy, apples, etc), 2 green frogs (for security reasons), 2 binkys, 2 boxes of cookie dough (from fund raiser at Older Boys school) and shampoo for my mom. By the time I get all this stuff in the car, I need a nap. I'm glad the boys had fun though. They enjoyed fooling Grandma in their Power Rangers costumes and they have been eating their loot all evening (I hope no one gets sick).
Tomorrow we go to a pumpkin patch with my cousin and her little girl and some of Older Boy's friends from school. It's 10 minutes away so at least there is no drive time involved. I hope Little Man's medicine starts working and he is feeling better tomorrow....And I hope I don't get up at 4:30 am again.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #2


Thirteen Things on The Family Room Floor of
Chupieandjsmama



1.... An overturned laundryy basket.

2....An annoyingly loud Wiggles microphone.

3....A pair of Bob the Builder sunglasses.

4....A big, stuffed green frog chair.

5....A green monster that sings "Monster Mash"
when you squeeze it's hand .

6....A Little Tikes bulldozer.

7....2 yucky sippy cups.

8...A blanket that has pictures of penguins.

9....A hippo flashlight.

10....1 green Power Ranger with vehicle.

11....A Wiggles pillow.

12....A Wiggles accordion (must have been a
wiggles day.)

13....A Spiderman comic book from Sundays
newspaper.

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My question is....WHO'S GOING TO PICK ALL THAT STUFF UP :)

Midweek Mayhem

Ok, it wasn't really mayhem, just a busy day. We had parent/teacher conferences at Older Boys school this morning at 8:40 am. Seemed like a good idea when I scheduled it that early 2 weeks ago. Older Boy got a great review. They said he's very personable, a real leader, he's very creative and just a wonderful 4 year old boy. Yah!! I was nervous because if you read one of my previous posts, he had one horrible day in class a few weeks ago. We determined it was probably an anomaly and attributed it to his getting ill. Speaking of ill, Little Man woke up worse this morning and I will not describe to you what was coming from his nose. It was not good. We went to the pediatrician (I think I heard her say "cha ching" when we walked in -lol) and he has another sinus infection. This is sinus infection # 4 since the end of August. We decided that after his 14 days of Augmentin to get rid of this one, we will be putting him a maintenance antibiotic for the next 3 months. I hate having him on a lot of medication, but if you think about it, he's on it anyway because he's sick all the time. At least this way, we can by pass the sick part. I also noticed that I gained about 3 pounds. I just can not seem to stop eating (and no, I'm not pregnant, maybe just in a perpetual state of PMS). I decided to try and run a few miles tonight. I think maybe I'm getting sick too because I only ran 1.5 miles and I usually do 2 (obviously I'm not a marathon runner just trying to do a little exercise), and that 1.5 felt like 100.5. It was the hardest run I've had in a long time and that is not normal. I sure hope I'm not coming down with something. I don't have the time....Or the co-pay (cha ching).

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


I saw this today on Stray Thoughts and it gave me a boost to tackle a project on my wish list (my wish it were done list). We put together our little mans big boy room at the end of August, but the crib was still in there. We left it up "in case he needed it". Well, he's never needed it so it was time it came down.
Here's the progression:

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I am so glad that this task is over, but it is very bittersweet. No more babies at our house. Of course the boys will always be my babies...Even when they don't want to be.

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Cold Monday

It is cold today! It is snowing today! It's only 2:20 pm, but I have not had to call the pediatrician today. Yes, it's Monday, and although illness is still running through our house, one is on the mend and the other is still in question. Little Man was up all night (we slept 2 hours and both of those were with little feet in my back). He said he had bad dreams, it was spooky and monsters were coming to get him. I think all of the Halloween talk is finally catching up with him. It's hard for a 2 year old to understand that it is all pretend and when all is said and done, you get to dress up in a really cool costume and get lots of candy (even if it is allergen free because you're allergic to everything). At least I'm hoping against all hope that the problem really was Halloween. Usually when Little Man has problems sleeping it's because he's A) Sick, B)Getting sick or C)Getting over being sick. Please no more illness. Please give me one week without a sick child, for their sake and for mine. This is week 9 of having a sick child in our house. Maybe it's my fault. I try to get us to eat healthy, but we don't always eat as healthy as we should. I'm obsessed with cleaning and killing germs and maybe I've killed to many good germs along with the bad. Is that possible? I think I read that somewhere. I think for the rest of the day we will take it easy. We will stay inside and keep warm. We will NOT watch any more Halloween cartoons. I think we'll just stick with Baby Einstein and Thomas the Tank Engine...And maybe, just maybe we'll sleep tonight.

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I've Been Tagged

Ok, Andrea tagged me and now I have to come up with 9 weird things about myself. HMMM....What constitutes weird? Ok, I'll give it a shot, then I'm supposed to tag 9 other people, but I just recently started blogging, so I don't really know 9 other people in the bloggy world. Here goes:
1. I have watched Flava of Love. Yes, it's that awful show on VH1 with Flava Flav and a bunch of women trying to become Flavas love interest. I've seen almost all of them. It's like a car wreck. You know you shouldn't look, but you just can't help it.
2. I have taken the book "How To Behave So Your Preschooler Will, Too" by Sal Severe out of the library 10 times, but have never gotten a chance to read it. It's sitting on my computer armoire right now (in week 2) and I still haven't opened it. I should just buy it.
3. When I was pregnant, I craved onions. I would cut up a whole onion, put it in a bowl with Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese and eat it as a snack. No, I don't still do this.
4. I am on a perpetual diet, but I never lose any weight.
5. My arms are double jointed.
6. I do my hair and full make up everyday (unless very sick) even if I'm not leaving the house. What if someone stops over unexpectedly (no one ever does)?
7. I am afraid to fly and haven't flown since 9/11 and don't want to.
8. When my husband is out of town on business I sleep with the TV on all night because I don't like to hear the noises in the house.
9. I can fish and I can bait my own hook, but I won't take the fish off of the hook because I'm afraid I'll hurt it.
Ok, now everyone knows I'm weird. I'm tagging Sue
and Berta
, but I don't really know of anyone who reads my blog. Hopefully they do and will participate.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tribute

I found this on another blog and want to pay tribute also...


http://prayforcanon.blogspot.com/
This blog will remain silent until Monday in honor of...

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Please pray for Carla and her family. My heart breaks for them...
Origionally posted by Laurel Wreath

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Boo at the Zoo


Hubby took Little Man and he had a blast. Older Boy was sad and cried, but he and I had a Halloween filled evening. We watched videos that I got from the library, made Halloween cookies (with wheat since Little Man wasn't home), did lots of Halloween crafts and played Halloween games on the internet. I know it wasn't the same, but hopefully he had fun anway...And hopefully next year, everyone will be healthy.

Friday, October 20, 2006

OOOOO I AM SO MAD!!!!

I am so mad at our zoo right now!!! Older Boy is even sicker today than yesterday. I am really concerned that we are moving into pneumonia. I called the zoo to see if we could either use our tickets to Boo at the Zoo for next week or if I could drive them up there and exchange them for tickets for next week. Our tickets are for tomorrow (Oct. 21), but I'd even exchange them for next Sunday which isn't sold out yet. They said that since I purchased our tickets on line, they could not help me. If I called and ordered them over the phone, and then drove there to pick them up, they'd try and work with me. WHAT???? What is the difference? They are both Boo at the Zoo tickets. So now I have a sick, crying four year old on my hands. He is very disappointed he is missing Boo at the Zoo. You'd think that because I'm a zoo member they'd at least make an effort here. But no, sorry, nothing for you. Well, I hope you're happy zoo. You made a sick little boy cry and you lost a zoo member. I'm sticking out my tongue at you...And getting ready to send you a nasty e-mail :(

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I Should Have Went to Med School

Just think of all the money I would have saved in Doctor bills. I took Older Boy to the pediatrician today because his cough isn't getting any better, and he has bronchitis and an ear infection. Poor baby sounds horrible. At least now he has an antibiotic to clear this up. We should just get an apartment in the same building as the doctor. I already feel like I live there. She just moved into her new office on October 2nd and we've already been there twice. The boys also know where the cheap toy isle is in Drug Mart and beg to go there while the prescriptions are being filled. I have more invested in 99 cent Hot Wheels cars than I care to admit. Oh well, if it makes them feel better (and keeps them quiet). Older Boy will have to miss school tomorrow, soccer class on Saturday, a friends soccer game on Saturday, possibly Boo at the Zoo on Saturday, and maybe even Sunday school. Well, hopefully he'll will start feeling better in the next day or two....And hopefully Little Man won't get this.

Thursday Thirteen

I am going to try this for the first time. I hope mine isn't too boring...
Thirteen Things about ChupieandJsmama

1. I am a child of God.
2. I am a wife, mother, daughter, and sister.
3. I am a Republican.
4. I am Catholic.
5. I love music.
6. I love the theatre.
7. I am a college graduate.
8. I am a stay at home mom and I love it.
9. I am a terrible decorator.
10.I like to scrapbook.
11. I am not a very good cook, but I'm learning.
12. I am a hopeless romantic.
13. I am a work in progress.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Just Had to Share This

http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/
I pulled this from another blog and thought I would share it. Reminds us to not believe everything we see and to be happy with what we have and what we look like. No one (not even the models) can live up today's standard of beauty.

Senate Bill 3980

Since the Little Man has multiple food allergies, this is an issue that is close to my heart (and nearly stops my heart several times a week). Please take a few minutes to send a note to your Senators. The following information is about The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2006. It was sent to me by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2006 (S.3980), which will help assure that schools can safely manage students with life-threatening food allergies, has one last chance to pass into law this year. We need your help in urging your Senators to make it happen. All it will take is a phone call or an e-mail. Please take a minute to find out what you can do to help get this bill passed into law this year. Go to http://www.foodallergy.org/calltoaction.html to learn more about the bill and how you can help convince your senators to support it.
Below you will find a link providing phone numbers and e-mail addresses for both of your senators:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

What The Bill Does
Helps assure that schools can safely manage students with life-threatening food allergies
Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to develop and make available to local educational agencies a voluntary policy to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools.
Directs that such policy address: (1) a parental obligation to provide the school with information regarding a student's food allergy and anaphylaxis; (2) communication strategies between schools and emergency medical services; (3) strategies to reduce the risk of exposure in classrooms and common areas; (4) food allergy management training of school personnel; (5) authorization of school personnel to administer epinephrine when the school nurse is not immediately available; and (6) creation of an individual health care plan tailored to each child's risk for anaphylaxis.
Provides for school-based food allergy management incentive grants to local educational agencies to assist such agencies with adoption and implementation of food allergy management guidelines in public K-12 schools.
Why The Bill Is Needed:
An estimated 2 million school-age children suffer from food allergies, for which there is no cure.
A recent study published in the Journal of School Nursing showed that 94 percent of the nationĂ‚’s schools have students with food allergy.
Reactions often occur at school including severe anaphylactic shock, which can kill within minutes unless epinephrine (adrenaline) is promptly administered.
Deaths from anaphylaxis are usually a result of delayed administration of epinephrine.
There are no consistent, standardized national guidelines to help schools safely manage students with the disease.
Who Supports Improved Management of Food Allergies in Schools:
The importance of managing life-threatening food allergies in the school setting has been recognized by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
For more information, please contact Washington Representatives of The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network:
Courtney Gray Haupt (Courtney.GrayHaupt@whaonline.org)
Peter Banks (Peter.Banks@whaonline.org)
Just dealing with our pre-school, I see how needed this bill is. There is no set standard in the school for dealing with food allergies, and they take their cues from the parents of the food allergic children. The problem with that is every parent has a different comfort level for what works for their child. Where one mom may say it is ok for a child to eat something made in another moms kitchen as long as she is assured that no peanuts were present, I say no home baked food at all (due to cross contamination issues). Some parents may think that I am too strict, while others may think that I am not strict enough (and vice versa). This bill gives us a good starting point to work with. At least it addresses the issue of food allergies and epinephrine. When we started at the pre-school last year, the teachers weren't even familiar with how to use the Epi pen and there was no action plan in place in case of an emergency. Please take a minute to contact your Senators and help possibly save the life of a child...Maybe even my child.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Christmas in October


I tried their Halloween costumes on the boys today. Older Boy was thrilled to be the Red Ranger. Little Man's costume was WAY too big, be he was equally as thrilled to be the Green Power Ranger. I will have to figure out a way to make Little Mans costume smaller, but it shouldn't be too hard. He's two, and I don't think he'll be too big of a critic. Since I feel I have the costumes under control, I thought what better time than to start some Christmas stuff. I have a recipe I got off of the internet for homemade French vanilla cocoa. I just need to get the ingredients and the mason jars and that should be a snap. I also started doing some stamping for the Christmas cards. I waited too long last year, and it was very stressful. I don't have a lot of work space, and we usually send out somewhere between 60 to 70 cards. I want to start writing out the addresses too. I think that takes the longest for me. I know it's only October, but no matter how early I start doing these things, I'm always in a last minute crunch right before Christmas. I think I have a handle on everything now, but come back on Christmas week, and my blog will be full of Christmas stress....Hopefully I'll be writing about more joy than stress this year, but we shall see.

Monday, October 16, 2006

What is it with Mondays?

This is the eighth Monday in a row that one of the boys has been sick. Usually it's the Little Man. Last Monday it was both boys (Older Boys viral cold and Little Mans asthma) with a trip to the pediatrician. Today it's Older Boy with a terrible cough, runny nose, and sneezing. He looks very pale and has dark circles under his eyes and red eczema on his cheeks. I feel so bad for him. Mondays have become "plague day" at our house. This is the first Monday (out of 8) that I have not called the pediatrician's office. They were probably waiting for me.
Poor Older Boy was so sad today that he had to miss school. It was his day to be "Special Me" and he brought home a special bag last week to fill with all of his favorite things to share with the class. He included his Power Ranger phone, his talking Red Ranger doll, his swim goggles, a dinosaur from his BC Builders, a small suitcase of frogs, and a seashell from vacation. We filled out a sheet with his favorite color, favorite things to do, and family information that included a photo of the whole family (that was a difficult task since I'm usually the one taking the pictures). He has asked me for weeks when was his special day. The look on his face this morning was so sad. We went to school but only to drop off the snack (it was our day for that too) and the "Special Me" bag so the next student could use it for Wednesday. He cried all the way down the hall, through the parking lot, in the car and all the way to the store where we went to buy cold medicine. Little Man was sad too because today he was supposed to go to gym class and due to illness, this is now the fourth week (maybe fifth, I've lost count) we've missed. The only thing that cheered them up was a new Power Ranger action figure (yeah, that didn't make the budget this month - oops!). Older Boy will get to make up "Special Me" on Wednesday and Little Man will make up his gym on Friday providing everyone gets/stays healthy. Now I'm off to relax and to bed....Hopefully Mom stays healthy.
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Sunday, October 15, 2006

A Day of Frightening Food

I feel really badly for the Little Man. Everywhere we go he is surrounded by food that he is allergic to. His allergies consist of wheat, rye, barley, egg, milk and peanuts. He's had two severe (anaphylactic) reactions. One to wheat and the other egg. The last time he had anything with milk he broke out into hives and I gave him Benadryl then sat there for twenty minutes with the EPI pen, just in case. Luckily we didn't need it. The peanuts have been untested as far as we know. Today at church, we were surrounded by goldfish eating children. I know that goldfish is every kids favorite, but to my son it's an anaphylactic reaction waiting to happen. Hubby and I had to fence him in the pew with our legs and make sure no child touched him. It made it very difficult for me to pray and to concentrate on the mass. The whole time I was worried he would get a hold of something that he shouldn't. Then this evening we went to a neighbors house for a children's Halloween party. Poor Little Man was relegated to the outside of the house because inside was pizza, cupcakes, candy, doughnuts, cheese and crackers. There was just too much food and too many kids to take a chance. Hubby stayed outside with him most of the time while I watched Older Boy inside. Little Man was able to make his own fun though. He commandeered someone's Spiderman scooter and rode it around the whole time. He also ate all of the apples for the bobbing for apples game. Well, he didn't eat all of them, but he did eat six. To Little Man, an apple is like candy. It's a safe treat for him and I guess he felt like he was getting his share. It was sad though when he saw all the kids inside. I think tonight for the first time he started to realize that he is different. It's going to be hard to watch him miss out on things, but until he reaches an age where he understands that he can't eat certain things and an age where he doesn't put everything in his mouth, I just can't take the chance. I hope he had fun anyway...Even if it was in his own way.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Quiet Saturday Night

It's 9:08 pm on Saturday, and the house is peaceful and quiet. All little monkeys are tucked in their beds and the chaos has come to an end. I swear sometimes it feels like a twister is blowing through our house. The boys can be so loud and excruciatingly noisy. They try and out-shout each other. All of the "Use your indoor voices" in the world doesn't stop the noise. Sometimes I think that they are so loud that they can't even hear me. That's when I start yelling over top of their voices to tell them to be quiet. I realize that I am only adding to the din, but sometimes I swear I can't help myself. Tonight was like a whirl wind of activity. Baths, snacks, Baby Einstein on TV, and bed. Sometimes I go through the motions of it all without taking it all in. Its too noisy and chaotic to think straight. It's not until they boys upstairs soundly asleep that I can sit back and review the day. At that time I am able to let go of all of the bad stuff and frustrations and dwell on the good. The sweet smiles, the hugs and kisses, the sweet smelling babies fresh from the tub and the "I love you mom" that always melts my heart. So it's now 9:15 pm and it is still quiet....And time for some potato chips.

Friday, October 13, 2006

A Glimpse of Things to Come

Today was one of those days when everywhere I turn, I see the future in my boys. I see them learning and creating and growing. I also had a flash forward today. The first time was when I was cleaning their bathroom. As I was griping to myself about picking up all of the toys, ducks, giant alligator etc., it occurred to me that this is only for such a short time. I had a flash forward of cleaning the same bathroom, no toys, but a lot more dirt and grime. One day these boys will be grown up and the toys will have long been forgotten, and mom will be needed a lot less (or so they'll think). I'll be the woman who cooks the meals and cleans up after them (and probably embarrasses them in front of their friends). After that little flash forward, I decided picking up the toys wasn't so bad.
My second flash forward was when I had to tell Older Boy that he couldn't go to his friends Halloween party because he was grounded due to his behavior in school the other day. He was very unhappy and cried and begged me to let him go. I told him on Wednesday that he wouldn't be going because he got in trouble and I had to stand my ground. Boy was that hard. I flashed forward to him being a teenager and me telling him he could not go out with his friends because he was grounded. I pictured my son, only older, arguing with me and begging me just like he was doing today. The difference was, it sure is a lot easier to deal with a 4 year old and his disappointment. Maybe if I stick to my punishment now, I won't have to worry about this at 16 (wishful thinking). The irony is, that as soon as he calmed down and we discussed the situation the phone rang. It was his friends mom saying that his friend was sick and the party had to be cancelled. Hopefully we didn't go through all of this for nothing. Hopefully he learned a lesson anyway... Before the teen years.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Oh No, It's Snowing!

Ok, so it was just flurries, but it was snow nonetheless. How did it go from 74 degrees on Monday to 36 degrees on Thursday? I am so not ready for the cold and snow. I took the boys to a very small apple farm that sells pumpkins and has a hay maze after my flu shot this morning. It was so cold, that I think we should have been wearing gloves. There are some good things about late fall and winter, but they are few and far between. The first snow, the Christmas tree, the first snow day, hot chocolate, the wind howling outside while we are all snug and warm inside, snow angels, and I'm sure if thought long enough I could come up with a few more. It is still early in the season and we will no doubt have a few more days in the 70's, but today was a precursor for the next few months. I am thankful that I bought winter coats and snow pants for the boys in August. It seemed so early at the time, but I think they will at least need the coats within the next month. The only thing they will still need is snow boots. I think that can wait a little longer. I still haven't quite gotten the Halloween costumes done yet (I can't worry about boots right now). Older Boy still needs to try his on, and Little Man's needs altered. How do I make a size 4/6 green Power Ranger fit a size 2? I may have to deal with this sooner than later. We are going to Boo at the Zoo in 2 weeks. I'd hate for the Little Man to be tripping over his costume. Well, I'll get to the costume later...Now to finish cleaning the floors.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I Hope This Was Just One Bad Day

Older Boy was supposed to go on a field trip today, but because of the rainy weather, it was cancelled and they had regular class instead. The whole way to school this morning I prepped him for the field trip. It was his first time going somewhere without me and I (and his father) were very worried. Another mother of one of the students would drive him and be his chaperone. I was less than pleased with the scenario, but didn't want to make waves by complaining. I gave him the you don't talk to strangers speech and told him that the mother he was going with was in charge. He was to listen to her and treat her the same way he would treat me. The mother, the teacher, and the teacher's aid were in charge and he was to do whatever they said. He gave me a sweet smile and agreed. I thought I had really gotten through to him. I was secretly pleased when we got to school and the teacher said the trip was cancelled due to weather. I had a sense of relief. That lasted 2 1/2 hours until I picked him up. The teacher pulled me aside to say that Older Boy behaved very badly in school today. He didn't listen to a thing she said, and actually did the opposite of what she asked. He was completely out of control. She said she only encountered this twice in her teaching career (mouth hitting the floor at this point). She had to remove him from class which she said she never does to students. She requested that I speak to him about listening. Now I admit, my child doesn't always listen to me, but this was not typical behavior (and I hope and pray it doesn't continue). I was so shocked and embarrassed. Now I am really glad they didn't go on the field trip. What a terror he would have been to the chaperone. What possibly could have gotten in to him for him to behave this way today? Of course I asked him why he did this and his response was "because we didn't go on the field trip, and I wanted to come home". I'm not buying that, at least not completely. So needless to say he got the "talk" when we got home, and he is punished in his room all day today, and maybe tomorrow. No TV. No Halloween party at his friends house on Friday. I don't know if I'm being too harsh by taking away the party, but he needs to understand that we mean business. He has been having problems listening and following directions at home sometimes, and taking away TV is just not enough for this one. I feel like the worlds worst mother. Who's kid behaves this way? I sure hope this was a freak thing.
Little Man had school today too. He did well. He got is picture taken and played with all the toys. They used wheat-free playdough, made pumpkins with glue, and painted pumpkins with orange paint. It is so cute to see them do these things. Two year olds doing crafts is like watching clowns at a circus. There were a few meltdowns in class today, but thankfully Little Man wasn't the worst (for a change). Now we are having some quiet time. Hopefully Older Boy is in his room thinking about why he behaved so badly today and how he will never do it again....Wishful thinking, I know.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Just a Typical Tuesday

Nothing exciting really happened today, and for that I am thankful. No doctors appointments, no playdates, no school, no errands. Just a day at home with my boys and some time to do a little cleaning. Both boys still aren't feeling well, so they were very needy today. I didn't get much cleaning done, but our upstairs bathroom got a good scrubbing. Exciting, I know. But sometimes it's the little things. I'm tired of stressing out because things seem to pile up. Now if I could only get the changing table to the basement and the crib taken down I will feel like I climbed Mount Everest. If I actually got the car washed and waxed, it would be a miracle and I would feel utter relief. Since that isn't going to happen any time soon, I will have to settle for a clean bathroom.
We are continuing with the Little Man's breathing treatments and I thought he was improving with them until the last one we did. You would have thought I was killing this child. The screaming is heart wrenching. The worst is when he starts yelling "NOOO, MOOOOMMMY". Breaks my heart every time. It is definitely helping his breathing and the coughing is a lot less today. Older Boy has been behaving badly with me, but he's been a prince trying to help out with the Little Man. I'll let the behavior issues slide for now. All of the screaming probably gets him out of sorts too. Well now its bath time for the Little Man. Hopefully we'll have a quiet evening....One more breathing treatment to go.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Perfect Autumn Day....Almost

The weather today was beautiful. Sunny and 74 degrees. The sun brought out all of the beautiful fall colors of the leaves. Days like today are why I love autumn. Unfortunately the boys were sick, or I would have loved to take a long drive in the country and maybe stop at a pumpkin or apple farm. I think they would have loved it. Instead, I took Older Boy to school. He had pictures taken today, and they even took some outside. I can't wait to see them. Little Man and I went and picked up his prescription and then went to pick up his allergen free Halloween candy. It costs a small fortune, but is so worth it. At least he can have a semi-normal Halloween. He was coughing still the whole time, and I know that cough when I hear it. Asthma. I knew he needed the nebulizer, but I wanted to get him to the Doctor so she could hear it first. Last time it ended up being the croup and there is no point of putting him through the trauma of the nebulizer if he doesn't really need it. Older Boy complained of a sore throat this morning so I made the appointment for both of them. They both have virus' and Little Mans asthma has flared up and we need to use the nebulizer along with the flovent. One bright spot is that even though both are crabby, no one is on antibiotics. Hopefully we will get one more really nice day when they are feeling better and I can do something fun with them. I'd just like to get them feeling better...Especially Little Man.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

I think we pushed him too far...

Last night we went to an awards banquet for Hubbys company. The Little Man was none too pleased when the sitter showed up. He's usually ok with it, but for some reason (I think his cold) he started crying and clinging to my leg. I settled him down and gave him and Older Boy a popsicle and was able to leave. Dinner was fine and we were home relatively early. Tonight I had the sitter come back because we needed to go to a wake (very sad and unexpected). The Little Man was napping when we left. He woke while we were gone and FREAKED OUT. The poor sitter called when we were half way there and we had to turn around. There was no calming him down this time. There was no way I was getting back out that door as far as he was concerned. That is so not like him. I know he doesn't feel well, but I hope it is just a stage and nothing more. When things are so out of character, it usually means he is getting really sick. I think I'll try and restart the Flovent tomorrow. I'm worried his asthma will come back. Poor Older Boy was scared to death through the whole thing. I feel bad that he has to go through all of the Little Mans moods along with us. I wish there was a way to shelter him from them. He handles it really well for a little guy though. He really is growing up... too quickly.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Not another cold

Not another cold!! Last night The Little Man was coughing all night and now today he is sneezing and his nose is running like crazy. He's also very cranky one minute and very clingy the next. I feel so bad for him. I just want him to feel better and be healthy for a change. Poor kid, autumn is just not his time of year. Older Boy had school today and he said he had a good day. He really seems to love school and adjusts so well to different situations. He amazes me and really is a great kid. We are working on rewards chart with stickers so he is trying to be on his best behavior. I have to say he is really trying and doing a pretty good job. I am proud of both (actually all) my boys. Now for a little rest.... I have a feeling that tomorrow is going to be a loooong day with the Little Man.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The boys

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1st time blogging

Ok, I never thought I would do this, but here goes. Things seem to be a little crazy today, so I am hoping that it settles down for the rest of the afternoon. The Little Man is off of Singulair, so his mood is a bit better, but we are having good days and bad day. He is really wound up today and being aggressive with Older Boy again. Yesterday was really good so I'm hoping that this is a phase that we are going through. Older Boy feeds off of the Little Man and things get completely out of control. I feel like I'm running romper room in the loony bin.
So far this afternoon is a normal afternoon at our house. Older Boy is playing in the basement and getting ready for swim lessons and The Little Man is watching Nemo and yelling "pick a video please....". I'm hoping for a relatively quiet, relaxing evening. I'd like to get some cleaning done (never seems to end) and maybe do some scrapbooking. We shall see....

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