Saturday, August 15, 2009

What A Week!

It has been a week indeed! I can honestly say that I do not remember Monday all that well. I mean come on that was MONDAY! I cleaned that day. My house was in dire need of a good cleaning. I did good. Rich had his eye exam and his eyes were dilated so he was blinded for a while. He needs new glasses, and of course insurance only covers the exam. What's the point? I digress. I will move on.

Tuesday I was all over the map! Looking at houses, going to a museum, fixing computers. It was a very busy day. Then Wednesday was the first day of school. It went off without a hitch. The kids were up and ready. I say in a few weeks I will likely be bribing them to get them out of bed! It was a good day for my girls and for my extra girls. Ryan, however was very sad as he had "nobody to play with." I felt bad for the little guy.

By Wednesday night Kristin was feeling yucky. She had a low grade fever and back pain. The back pain concerned me most. I decided to take her to the doctor to be sure nothing serious was happening. By the next morning she was very congested and coughing. It seemed she had come down with the flu. Still, the back pain was there. I took her to the doctor as planned. Since she was coughing and junk they looked at her ears, nose, and throat. Lots of swollen glands. Then the doctor listened to her lungs. Really listened. Then had her lift her shirt, and she listened even more. What does she hear? I know she is hearing something!

"I'm hearing a little bit of a wheeze in there" I have long suspected that she has asthma. It is in the family and she has a lot of symptoms that would point to it. So they did a pulmonary test on her, and found that her out put was not very good. So they gave her an inhaler. She goes back in a week. As for the back pain, turns out it was just that. Back pain. By the end of that day I was ready to throw in the towel. My head was throbbing. I wanted to go to bed. Migraines really suck!

Friday was more normal. Kristin still felt really sick and she wanted to stay home. I told her she could, but there would be no sleepovers, no going outside and no staying up late with her friends(my extras). She was fine with that. Wow! She must be sick! I had to leave her home while I went to the store. She texted me a few times, but other than that she watched a movie and played on the computer. Again, my head was pounding. This time far worse than the day before. It was now the 4th or 5th day of headaches. It was too much. I had to go to Wal-mart on top of that. I had to buy the school supplies from their lists that their teachers sent them home with. It was horrible shopping in that condition. I do not reccomend it. Ever. I reccomend writing a note to the teacher that says you were sick and the school supplies will be there the next school day! But hey, I did get a lot for my buck!

16 spiral notebooks--we stock up every year. They make great doodle pads for the kids!
3 packages of lined paper
2 packages of pens
2 packages of colored pencils
2 package of binder dividers
1 3 ring binder
3 boxes of crayons (at 25cents each you can't go wrong!)
I also had to buy regular items such as pull-ups, powedered bleach. I bought candy...hey when you are dying, you may as well die happy! After all that, I spent $40. I was actually quite impressed. After I got home, I threw my purchases down on the table, and announced I was going to lie down leaving Rich in charge. I took some ibuprofren and laid down with a cold rag on my face.

Today seemed to be starting off good. My head felt alright. It could go either way really. I was so tired though. I needed to clean the kitchen. The family room and living room needed to be picked up and vacuumed. Plus I needed to catch up on laundry. I really did very little yesterday. I could hardly string a sentence together--no joke, and yes I drove in that conditon. Should have stayed home.

By lunch today, I realized which way my head was going. It was going bad, and fast. What is going on? seriously. This is day 5 I think...maybe 6! And now for the first time, I am realizing that the pain is very central to my face. I am prone to sinus infections. It's a distinct possiblity. Now I am mad. I hate being sick. I hate going to the doctor. No offense to any doctor out there. I just don't like going. I found some 12 hour stuff and took it. Within an hour I noticed a difference. I just hope by Monday I feel better and won't need meds. I don't like going.

I did take a nap some where in my day. A real good one. I crashed hard for a little over an hour. It was nice. Then I did it again. I took the kids shoe shopping. I know! So crazy! Kristin needed church shoes. She has been wearing flip flops for about a month now. She wants church shoes. Well Payless is having their BOGO sale so I went a little crazy! Emily and Kristin both got new church shoes and Ryan got church shoes and regular shoes. My total spending was $65. Not too bad really. No, the bad part was driving over to Carl's Jr to not only BUY dinner, but put it on my credit card! I need to cut those things up! They are evil.

As I close out my week, I am letting one of my extras spend the night. I got my kids all washed and dried and now I am supposed to be writing(helping) write Emily's talk for primary. Instead they are all playing in the other room and I am blogging! What does that say about me? Never mind. I survived a very busy week. Let's see what happens next!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

First Day of School

I can't believe she is in the 7th grade!! She has grown so much, but some things never change. She was nervous as usual. I sent her on way wishing her well. For the first time ever, I didn't even drive her to school. She rode with her friends. She came home all smiles and loving each of her teachers. She got to see old friends, and friends from church who are just starting middle school. She is a teacher's aide this year, and has her mind set on joining the drama club. Go Kristin go!

And here is the 4th grader. She was up and raring to go. She already kind of knows her teacher. She had her last year for P.E. And it just so happens that this teacher is good friends with her 3rd grade teacher. Both of these women, made sure Emily had her buddy in her class. Now how cool is that? She will have a full load of studies this year--lots of books--and her first ever class rotations. She is growing up too. I didn't drive her to school either. She went with Kristin. She had a good first day and was happy to be in class with her friends as well as making a new one. Go Emily go!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Museum Pics

Sorry I am a bit behind. Migraines are the pits, and right now I am in the throws of battle with them. It is not fair to have to deal with these things! As promised, and through a hazed brain, I am going to post the museum pictures now. Later I will post about the first day of school!
That is what it started out to be. What was being done, was a new water reserve was being built, and lo and behold they unearthed fossils, so a construction project turned into an excavation.
Me and my group standing in front of "caves" of native people. You can't really see the images they were projecting since we are standing IN FRONT of them. But it was cool. Me, Ryan, Nikki, Missy, Kristin, and Emily.
A giant sloth. A lot bigger and more ferocious looking than dear simple minded "Sid" in the Ice Age movies.
It is very hard to take pictures in a poorly lit room. That being said, Ryan's hand is on a MOLAR of a mastodon!
Hard to see, but this was a display of fossils you could walk right over.
Science meets art. A part of the museum where you got to play and build with blocks. There were other interactive things, such as an artificial dig, where you got to experience what fine combing through the dirt and sand would be like. You could also make fossil rubbings, but the line was way too long so we passed.
Some of the native pottery. There was also jewelry, weaponry, hammers, bowls it was quite amazing.
The whole group...minus me of course in the path to parking lot.

The kids had a blast and learned stuff too. A great end of summer break, and good way to get back into the mode of learning!

Only Me

I can not wait to blog about the first day of school. I am sure I will have many tales to tell! However, I must first tell a few tales of my own.

Yesterday our day was planned out for a little business and a lot of fun. I had to meet Emily's new teacher in the morning, and then in the afternoon we were going to The Western Archeology and Paleontology Museum. It is a fairly new museum and yesterday it was free for locals like us. It wasn't going to be a crazy day, just a busy and fun one.

The rule of thumb is, at least for me, nothing really ever goes according to plan. Rich and I are in the market for a new house--we are renting right now. And we actually have three realtors helping us now!! Well yesterday, our number three(third times the charm?) showed me a house that we are interested in. It's a short sale. Which means a big pain the fanny and a lot of paper work. I went and saw it. I really liked it. Told Rich about it, and we put a bid on it! Now the real fun begins.

As my mom, the kids and I piled in the van after seeing the house--Rich was at work--my mom noticed her purse was missing from my unlocked car. My heart sank. I told her I would lock it! We drove home, praying all the way that she had simply left it behind at my house. Kristin said she prayed too. When we got back the power of prayer was realized as my mom's purse was waiting for her by the couch. After some praises and shouts of joy, we quickly ate our lunch and headed to the museum.

The museum was very fun and the kids had a blast. I will post the pictures later today. I am too lazy to go ALL the way upstairs right now, which is where the camera is at the moment. We saw lots of very interesting fossils and other fantastic finds that were all discovered right here in our own backyard!

After the museum, we came home and rested a bit before we would go out to dinner. Then, my mother's brand new computer had a stroke! she went online to look something up and pop ups galore came flying at us. It was at website called "My online computer scan" and it wanted her to install some antivirus software. well I knew enough to NOT do that, but how do I stop it, and get rid of it! My husband--the computer geek- sent me a link that led me to the cure. I will include the links at the end of the post. Don't let it happen to your PC. So while I was preforming major surgery, my mother took my nephew to get a friend and then she bought dinner and brought it home to us all.

It took me about 4 hours to completely fix the computer on top of having a pounding migraine which I already had tried to treat with 3 diet cokes and two doses of Ibuproferen. I was hocked up on caffiene. It was a good thing. I needed to get my kids, and my extras home so they could get ready for bed. I got them settled around 9:30. Then drama struck again, Kristin's favorite security thing was missing. She may be 11, but she still holds onto this piece of fabric at night. I understand. I had to go back to my mom's to finish the computer stuff, and then I came home and found the missing security and she was off to bed. I had two loads of laundry to complete, so it was good that I was so wound up.

This morning went very well. No hang ups. I am dead on my feet tho. I will post about their first day tomorrow. Pictures from the museum will be here later this evening. Please come back to check them out.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Life According to The Monkees

I have been tagged once again! Emmy has tagged me with a fun game where you pick your favorite artist/singer and answer each question with a song title by said artist/singer. It is quite tricky. Who else would I pick,but my four favorite guys! I actually have done this before, but the questions were a little different on this one, so I didn't totally cheat. Hahaha.

THE RULES: Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "my life according to (band name)"

Pick your Artist:
The Monkees

Describe yourself:
No Time

How do you feel:
Don't Call On Me

Describe where you currently live:
Pleasant Valley Sunday

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
I'd Go the Whole Wide World

Your favorite form of transportation:
Take a Giant Step

Your best friend:
Daydream Believer

You and your best friend are:
We Were Made For Each Other

What's the weather like:
Shades of Grey

Favorite time of day:
Sometime in the Morning

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
The Monkees

What is life to you:
Good Clean Fun

Your relationship:
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You

Your fear:
All Alone in the Dark

What is the best advice you have to give:
That Was Then, This Is Now

Thought for the Day:
Can You Dig It?

How I would like to die:
Pillow Time

My soul's present condition:
Don't Bring Me Down

My motto:
I'm A Believer

Now it is my turn to tag....CJ Sime at Simply Simonsons
Rachel Sue at Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug
Kristin(my gal!) at Kekster's Place

Have fun!

Monday, August 10, 2009


My BFF, Lou and I when we were 15 and 16. It was her sweet 16, and her mom was plotting a surprise party. She wanted me to invite her to spend the night the night before so she would be able to make all the necessary preparations. I was excited to not only have her spend the night, but to be part of this great secret plot! Funny thing, I can not remember for the life of me, what I gave her for her birthday. I digress. I called her on that Friday afternoon and asked her if she could spend the night.

"I don't think I can." came her sad response.
"why?" I asked, knowing full well she could.
"Because my mom grounded me for life." again, I am unable to recall what her offense was. I need to ask her! Not knowing how to convince my BFF to try anyway, we talked a bit more and then got off the phone. About 5 minutes later, her mother called.

"Why didn't she ask me?" Linda asked.
"She said you grounded her for life." I told her.
"Oh, that's right!"She exclaimed. "Call her back, and ask her again."

I did as I was asked, and again Lou was to afraid to ask. Her mom called again. I told her what was happening. She told me to that she say I called her and asked for Lou. As Linda recounted the story to me later, she said it was very hard to maintain a straight face as she told Lou that if she stayed on her best behavior, and that she would have to be back to grounded again she could sleepover. Loula was so excited. She could hardly believe her luck. This picture was taken before we went to her house for the party. She was very surprised and it was a success. I grew up with Loula. We met when we were 6 and 7. And even though at age 17, her family moved to Ohio, we never lost contact. We still remain as sisters to this day.
This picture was taken in 2007 as my family traveled across the country from VA to CA. This was the first time in 20 years that we had seen each other.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hot Fudge Sundae

Who doesn't love a hot fudge sundae? I guess there those among us who are just odd, or perhaps have some terrible allergy that prohibits them from eating such decadent desserts. Whatever the reason: allergies or otherwise, I guess that is more for me. (Insert evil laughter)

This recipe came from my Grandma Jo. It came from an old cookbook of hers. My mom can not remember the name of cookbook, however she remembers originally the sauce was made with a fudge cake. They just used it for ice cream sundaes. It's a little time consuming, but sooo worth it in the end.

1 stick of margarine or butter
1 Cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can of evaporated milk
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla

Melt margarine and chocolate chips together. Add evaporated milk and powdered sugar. Bring to a boil; stirring constantly. Once it starts boiling, continue to stir--constantly--and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Let sit for about 15 minutes so it is not scalding hot and won't turn your ice cream into liquid.

I really don't know how many it serves. What I do know, is it is DE-licious!

* A little useless knowledge for you:
Peter Bird's book The First Food Empire, (2000, Philimore, Chichester, England) it is stated as fact that the name 'sundae' for ice cream with toppings was adopted from Illinois state's early prohibition of ice cream consumption on Sundays, but ice cream with a topping that obscured the main product was not deemed to be ice cream.* This information came from: Wikipedia.