Monday, November 2, 2015


Sometimes will all the events going on before Halloween, actual trick o' treating can be a bit anti climatic.  The past two years, the weather has been crummy.  Cold, rainy, awful.  This year was no exception.   Benny had taken a late nap and I had to wake him up at 5:45 to start.  He wasn't feeling it.  At some points, he sat in the little pushcar and refused to walk up to the doors.  Victoria brought his candy back to him.  After 40 min, I left him giving out candy with P and V and I joined up with a classmate to do a few homes.  After an hour, she was done.   It was a far cry from my childhood when my dad took us out across the entire city and we we would come home with pillowcases of treats.  I'm not even kidding.

Benny has a really cute pirate costume, I have some pictures on my Facebook.  But I had him wear the warmer costume (also for cuteness sake).

Here is V and Benny at the same age wearing the same costume.

Victoria added the mask.   Trick o' Treating in Michigan involves winter coats!

Friday, October 2, 2015


Victoria turned seven back in August.  We had a backyard water/squirt gun/mini-pools party.  P got her a lovely cake with Barbie and horse on it.  She is growing up very quickly.

* At the end of last year reading clicked with her it.  Now she is trying to read chapter books and is so proud of herself.  She's doing a great job.  We're very proud of her too.  She really enjoys the Stink series of books.
*Two people have told me they think she is very smart.  I've tried to expect more out of her academically and she has rose easily to the challenge.  Her writing is neater, but she does not have a proper pencil grip (either do I) and sometimes still makes letters and numbers backwards.
* She is obsessed with watching Taylor Swift videos on the Ipad.  This has morphed into Katy Perry, etc.  Some are a little bit too adult, so I"m trying to monitor it carefully.  "Mama, how do you spell Blank Space"? 
* Her behavior is better since school started.  She tends to fly off the handle over food and snacks in the evenings and when her medicine wears off.
*She really likes school and her teacher.  She likes knowing people and not being the youngest anymore.
*Her eating issues can be exasperating.  I try to get a banana into her everyday, it has to be pristine (no marks, bruises or strings) and she will eat it.  She now doesn't like salami (one of the things I could get her to eat) and refuses to eat hot lunch at all this year.  This is more work for me, but she eats so little at school (meds contributing), then why pay $2.75 for her to throw it away? 
* She informs me of the speed limit signs when we are driving.  I always tell her "thanks".
* I am trying to find more chores for her to do.  She folds towels and puts away silverware from the dishwasher. 
* She received roller blades for her birthday and is trying very hard to stand up alone.
* She has been getting along well with her brother lately.
* She never forgets anything I say or promise to do.
*She likes to snuggle in the chair and watch TV in the evenings, or lay in bed with a parent and snuggle until she falls asleep.
* This year she is taking three dance classes - Jazz, tap, hip hop.  I had to convince her to try hip hop and now she is a big fan of the music.

Friday, September 25, 2015


P has been gone a lot this month.  Usually he reads with Victoria for 15 min and snuggles until she falls asleep.   Lately, I have had to go in and settle Benny down.  He wants to have these long conversations and play "the favorites games" that I made up.   This recording is from the other night - it's well after 9:30 and he wants to talk.   By the way his favorite shape is a "Dodecahedron" that he saw on Team Umizoomi.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Night Leftovers

*This is the second week of school and V has not brought home any homework yet.  Strange.  The teacher last year had a lot of homework.  We are reading at least 15 min a night.  I really need to hit the Math and penmanship though. 

*The weeks become busier.  Wednesdays we usually have counseling for V’s ADHD in a nearby town.   Thursdays the kids are taking dance (Benny too!).  V is taking Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop and Benny is taking creative dance.  That means we are at the dance studio from 5:30-7:15.   By Friday my kids (AND I) are exhausted.    We aren’t signed up for religious ed on Monday’s because frankly, I don’t think the kids can do any more during the week.  We’re all tired.  

*I have been trying to take off a Friday and go visit my mother for a long weekend.  There is either something at work I cannot miss OR someone else already has the day off.   My mom is spreading the guilt on thick.

*P is gone pretty much the entire month of September.  Which is my favorite month.  We’re managing but both drop off and pick up plus bedtimes will do me in soon. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Fest

This kids loved Fall Fest.  The lines to buy tickets for rides was too long, so we did other stuff and had a great time.  Victoria was Elsa and Benny actually wanted to participate. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

August Recap

August was, well something else.  When the calendar hit September 1st, I cheered.  For real.

It was a bit of a trying month.  The first weekend Victoria became ill.  That Thursday night (she was at a waterpark for camp all day) she fell asleep on the couch early and wouldn't eat.  I thought it was exhaustion.  When I picked her up from camp on Friday they told me she didn't eat.  When we got home she lay on a beanbag the rest of the evening.  I forced her to drink and she wouldn't eat.  Saturday she seemed better and she went to swim lessons but the couch was her best friend and she napped off and on.  Then I realized she had a fever close to 102F.  So off to Urgent Care.  They thought it may have been Strep, but the rapid strep test was negative, so they sent us home with a script for antibiotics to take only if she became worse.  Her throat didn't look like strep either so they thought maybe Coronavirus?  Sunday was more of the same with a little improvement, she would drink but not eat.  After dinner Sunday after more Motrim, she would perk up for a while.  Sunday night at around 10:00 I received a call from Urgent Care that her throat culture was positive for Group A strep and that it was good she was on antibiotics.  Uh no, she wasn't.  Tomorrow she wanted to go to camp because they had a carnival.  So, we went to Rite Aid first thing and filled the script and I let her go to camp for a little while.  I ended up at work late.

The following weekend, Benny went down.  Fevers of 102, lethargy, being on the couch.  I took him to his regular doctor and they did a rapid strep test.  Negative.  I managed to work two half days from home at least.  His culture came back negative too.  When we went to the doctor that Monday they also noticed he had pinkeye.   So drops for that, a most likely a virus.  They thought Victoria's Strep A was only a colonization, and that wasn't the cause of the symptoms.   

Wednesday P went down.  Fever of 101 F, Severe sore throat, lethargy, body aches.  He was down for three days.  (The stress was building).  ARE YOU STILL FOLLOWING THIS LOUSY MONTH?   

Then, that Friday, I woke up with pinkeye.  Victoria had pinkeye once six years ago and gave it to me two days later.  Drops cleared it up pretty quickly.   I used Benny's drops Friday and Saturday.  My eye felt really achy and was almost swollen shut.  It was red, but not goopy like regular pinkeye.   That Saturday night, P and I had a date night.  We went out for Korean food and then went and saw the Vacation movie.  I laughed so hard.  When I got home that evening, I realized my eye looked worse.   Our super awesome Urgent Care is open until 10:00.  I got there by 9:00 and didn't have to wait.  The doctor was right away concerned.  He questioned that a foreign body was in my eye?  I told him no, so he dilated it.   He then started me on Clindamycin and told me to take it stat.  He said it was periorbital cellulitis and the threshold to admit me for IV antibiotics was very low.  He also asked me to come to the main ER the next afternoon where he was working for a follow up.  HOW REASSURING!   I went over to the only 24 Hr Pharmacy open at this point - CVS and their computers were down for the foreseeable future!   By this time it around 11:00 pm.  I had to drive up to the nearest 24 pharmacy - a 30 min drive where I waited for my antibiotics for another 60 min, then a 35 min drive home. 

The next day my eye hadn't worsened, but hadn't improved.  The MD was kind enough to call and remind me to come in after 3:00.   I drove over to the ER (30 min) and wow.... that is a post for another time.  That place... crazy.    After an hour wait (I'm NOT complaining) I saw the PA, who thought I was ok to stay outpatient.  YAY!  (I packed a bag just in case).  

My eye took a LONG time to improve.  Probably another 5 days before I saw significant improvement.  The wonders of modern medicine.  I'm appreciative.

We were schedule to go to Niagara Falls that weekend.  We did go.  That night, the last day of August -  P got food poisoning.

So glad to move on with that month!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Night Leftovers

* We went my hometown last weekend.  It was strange to see so many people downtown.  Usually there is nothing going on but there is a new restaurant with outdoor seating, a new ice cream shop, and a new hotel going up.  So it was kind of nice to see.  My mom complained that "everyone always wants to sit outside".  Yes, count me in. I"m in a office all day, so I find eating outdoors to be delightful. 

* My mom also complained about the crowds.  It's a town of 10,000 people year round.  I'm afraid she is crossing over into old lady-dom.  She didn't want to run the air conditioner.  She didn't/couldn't walk very far.  She repeated stories that I told her to me like she had heard them somewhere else.  Her fridge was stuffed with food.  Tons of food.  This is a bit worrying and I'm keeping an eye on it closely.

*  My baby girl turns seven on Monday.  I don't even know how that happened.  Where did ages 3-7 go?

* Camp only has three weeks left.  They did a field trip to a waterpark yesterday and she was wiped out when she came home.  She wouldn't eat dinner and we got her to drink fluids.  She was asleep by 8:00 pm.  I am wondering if she has her father's tolerance to long stretches of sun.