Tuesday, December 30, 2008

So what has Elizabeth been up to you asked?

Oh you didn't but I'll tell ya ;)

I'm SLOWLY unpacking. I can't figure out what is what because 95% of the boxes were marked "Books" or "papers", although there is one in our bedroom marked "apes and figureines" I'm guessing it means figurines? But I'm too afraid to look because I didn't have any figurines. I'm missing a lot of items including the new coat I bought last year from Wilson's Leather and of all things my colander and kitchen timer.

We've had 2-3 Dr appointments a week since the second week of December. I've gone back for a second set of ultra sounds since they didn't find anything with the renal U/S. The Dr's nurse called on the 23rd insisting she needed to call an antibiotic in and asked me which ones I could take and compared that with the notes the lab sent her. The Dr was in California so I couldn't talk to her and I don't see her until mid January to find out what the results of the second U/S are.

We all had allergist appointments, Kerstin is no longer allergic to wheat. Which has opened up a lot more foods for her. She's still allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. In March we're going to do a milk and egg challenge at the Dr's office so we can see what kind of reaction she has to them. Hopefully not anaphylatic!

I'm no longer allergic to shellfish, go figure. I wasn't allergic to it before I moved to AZ either. We're all allergic to Dust Mites and Cats and Dogs. Oh wait Kerstin isn't (yet) allergic to Dust or dogs and cats but that "could" develop with her family history of allergies.

James had an eye appointment since the nurse at school said he needed one. And the poor kid truly needs glasses. He was 20/30 in one eye and 20/70 with an astigmatism in the other eye. The glasses were supposed to be in Friday but they haven't gotten them yet. I really wanted to get him wearing them and a bit used to them before he started back to school. I'm having nightmares of breakage or loss. I told him he wasn't supposed to take them off at school at all.

Christoph tested positive for soy and peanut allergies but they think those were a mix up or false because he eats those things and doesn't show any sort of reaction. He was so allergic to all the trees and grasses that the spots were much larger than the histamine they put on him for a comparison. Half of his back was red and itchy. I had to hold his hands down to keep him from scratching so they could measure the spots.

Our anniversary is tomorrow but with all the money we spent on appliances and Christmas we're only giving each other cards. We had to pay rent and mortgage on the house in Elkton today so the checkbook is scary, lol. I'll have to wait a bit so I can buy some curtains to put up on the windows. My aunt did send me a check for $300 for Christmas but there isn't a Bank of America around. I have to drive to Tennessee to put it in the bank. I'm just not up for that this week. I think I'll see about opening an account with the Arsenal Credit Union, they have offices all over the place here.

So now that the kids are fighting I need to get off the computer and put them to work. I don't know why but Kerstin and Christoph can push each others buttons like there's no tomorrow. I don't remember James and Christoph fighting that much at that age. It's nerve wracking.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a blessed day.

After all the stress of this week that I can't go into detail about here. Don't want to make things too public ;) We got some news yesterday. Good news for a change.

The offer for the lease and contingency offer on the house we were looking at was accepted. So even if our house in Maryland doesn't sell we at least have a "home" for 12 months. When/if...okay I'll say when our house in Maryland sells we can go through with the purchase portion of the house and close any time before the 12 months of the lease are up.

I guess that means I need to price some appliances, which I'm dreading spending money on! But we need a fridge, washer and dryer. All things our agent in MD told us to leave with the house to help the sale of it. They were all fairly new too because we bought them when we moved into the house since the ones there were really nasty and in bad shape.

While we're in the "lease" portion of living there I can't paint or hang "permanent" blinds per the agreement so I have to figure out how to cover the windows and decorate the kids rooms without painting. They'll have to live with builder beige for a while, lol.

It's nearly time to pop my turkey in the oven. Everything else but the potatoes is done. I started some of the sides yesterday.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Why is it some people are slime and

don't care what they say? I'm so angry I could spit nails but I won't go into detail. People in general are just evil. I should burn all bridges and buy an island.

My view of humanity just stinks today and I don't know if it can ever be repaired.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

My kids are super whiney today, which

means for a very long day for me. They all have colds. The youngest has a sinus and ear infection. So while I was trying to get their breakfast together they were driving me nuts and I said to them "Stop driving me up the wall". My youngest looks at me in all seriousness and says "but Mom we can't drive, we don't have our licenses yet!"

I had to laugh at that one. What else could I do? It was funny. Or maybe it was just funny because I was dragging along and had not even had the first sip of coffee yet.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


And here I thought it was going to be warmer in the south! Kerstin and I stopped on Providence Main after we dropped the boys off at school. The wind was very chilly! We did spy the door to the Ped's office I want to take them to. I just need to call and see if they are accepting new patients. It's maybe 1/4 mile away from their school so it would be very convenient.

My toes are still cold from the walk but it was nice to be out in the fresh air so early in the morning.

Just wanted to share the view of tail lights I see for half an hour every morning to make a 4 mile drive. I can't even imagine how people in LA or NYC do this every day!

(sorry for the quality, I took them with my cell phone while just sitting there waiting for traffic to move a few inches)

I'm so not cut our for living in the city!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yesterday was an interesting day...

I had to pick the boys up early so I could take James to the allergist to finally get his form signed so they could use his epi pens at school if he were to have an anapyhlactic reaction. Up to this point it has been hoping and praying that he didn't have one. Well I still do that every day but they would not have used his epi pens if he did because they needed a specific form signed by a Dr and our old one wouldn't sign it even though the epi pens the school has has his info on them because he wrote the prescription.

Any way, with 3 kids at a Dr's office and then a lab to have blood drawn for RAST tests was interesting to say the least. It was 5 hours of mostly waiting and by the end they were all bouncing off the walls and there wasn't a thing I could do about it.

I couldn't wait until it was bedtime it was draining on me. I still don't feel well and I still have a fever. Something isn't right, I shouldn't have fevers every day. I'm going to see if I can get into the urgent care for me and for Kerstin today. Crossing my fingers it's not full. It's so cold here today I bet a lot of people are home "sick".

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My oldest son had a "family" project

to do for the 4th year in a row. It's getting kind of old but he likes crafts and such.

The project is to take a printed turkey and give him a disguise so that he won't be discovered and eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. On Monday I had him come up with ideas and sketch them out. Then I procrastinated because I had no clue how to do it. Especially since all of our craft supplies are all in storage since we moved recently.

Armed only with a half of a glue stick, finger paint, safety scissors (which by the way do not cut cardboard very well!) contruction paper and some things we printed off of the internet we made a pirate turkey. Interestingly enough the school mascot at the boys school is a pirate.

Here is the before picture

Here is the final result

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We're here!

Well we have been for a few weeks. I've been super busy. The transition to a new school was not an easy one. We were told the boys would attend one school, so I got all the paper work and filled it out. Had to drive to BFE to turn it in only to be told they don't go to that school. Try calling two other school districts to see if they go there. I came home called both and only one called back. I'm still waiting for the other one! Their voice mail even said "they might call back if they felt like it" How f-ing professional is that?!? Any way the one that called back was the correct district. However she tells me not to bother going to the school until they had the infamous blue cards to prove they have shots. Um, okay I have their shot records. Nope not good enough, you have to apply for a state form which they just transfer your shot records to.

So I travel to the other side of the great city of Huntsville not one day but two days because they couldn't call me to tell me they were done. They said they would call but they didn't. I had to wait in a WIC line for a long time both days. Why do you have to wait in a WIC line to get paper work to put your kids into a public school?

The day that I went to get the blue cards, I decided to stop by the school to give them the papers I had filled out. Well gee I had to fill out two more packs of papers that took me an hour and twenty minutes. The whole while all three kids were going nuts and Kerstin had to PEEEEEEEEE every 15 seconds. Why is it my kids have to use every freaking toilet when we're out? It's like they need to see them so they can say they've peed in every toilet in the universe.

So I go to hand the packets to the woman after I was done and she hands them right back because I don't have the blue cards. I ask her if she can just process the papers so they would be registered. Nope, not even if I had their immunization records right in my hand. They HAVE to have the blue cards before they can do anything. So we leave and wait.

I finally got there the next day after lunch time. Yes it took them over 24 hours to transfer my kids shot records to one sheet of blue paper. AND then I had to wait for an appointment for a nurse to look at the blue paper and sign it.

The school finally registered the kids but told me to bring them back the next day since it was too late to start school. So on Halloween they started school after being out of school since October 17th. The not so fun part is I get to do all this all over again because we only have this apartment until December 20th. We have no idea where we will be living.

We can not buy a house because our house in MD hasn't sold, we won't have a down payment. The apartments around here don't have garages. Dh needs one for his precious motorcycle. The apartment we live in now does have garages but they won't have one available for the time frame we need to move to another one. I really hate this limbo stuff. I think it's affecting my health too. I just can't get over it, I'm too stressed!

Speaking of health our insurance cards from the new employer came today. YAY! And so did the Cobra papers from the old insurance. I don't know how people can afford Cobra. It would be $1500 for us every month.

Well off to finally get some breakfast and coffee. I don't get to do that since we have to leave so early to get the boys to school. Traffic here is horrible and I have to allow 40 minutes of travel time so they aren't late every day. The boys slow poked today and we left 10 minutes later and barely made it to school by the bell. They made it but barely.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Our trip wasn't uneventful

I was making one last round of the house before we headed out and I saw hubby's black leather binder on the stove. I figured he left it there so he could go in and take one last look around to make sure things were in order. In this binder was our driving directions, hotel reservations, his passport, contact numbers for his new job, our apartment info and the combo to get the lock box open so we could get in. WELL, he fusses at me for not bringing it out to him and comes in to get it. He tells me it was the one thing he would drive 100 miles back to get.

SO, I lock up the house and head outside where he was pulling the van back up to the trailer. I however did not know that he had put the binder on top of the van because our daughter had decided to undo her seatbelt and he had to put it back on her.

We got about 4 miles down the road and he was reaching all around trying to find where he put the binder. He even accused me of sitting on it. I lifted my butt out of the seat so he could see I was only sitting on the seat and nothing else.

So we went back to the house looking all around the house and in the van and trailer for it. No binder. We drove VERY slow over the four miles taking about 40 minutes to look for it. Still no binder. So he was resolved it was lost forever and we were trying to figure out who you had to contact to report a missing passport.

A couple of hours down the road we stopped for lunch then headed off again and his cell phone rang. Some woman had found his binder. He tried to call a former co worker to see if he would pick it up and mail it to him, but there was no answer. So I called the woman back and told her we were turning around to come get it. She was very nice and wouldn't even take the money hubby tried to give her for her time and hassel of looking through his binder to find where he had once written his cell phone number when he was on the phone interviewing with his new company.

SO, then we went back out on the road and got to mil's house by the time it was bed time for the kids. We stayed there Sunday night too and headed out early Monday morning.

The rest of the trip was good though. Not too much traffic except for the bigger city areas. The first night we stayed at Fairfield Inn. It was nice since it had two king beds and a sleeper sofa. We got up early and headed back out again and slept in another Marriot hotel but I don't remember which one. It had two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room. I think I would prefer to stay there than in the apartment we came to the next day.

It smells of old cigarette smoke and something awful musty which I think is coming from the garbage disposal in the sink. I poured bleach in it and it helped but it still smells. It's going to rain today so I can't open the windows to air things out. We're not used to the time change so we're up early these days. It's only an hour from what we're used to but darn it feels like ten hours!

I still have a few things to unpack but that should be done today. Most all of our other things went to storage until Dec. 20th. I'm hoping our house in Maryland sells so we can look for another house because I hate living in an apartment with people walking on our heads and boy it's hard to keep my kids quiet all the time. I have come to the conclusion I have very loud kids

Friday, October 17, 2008

There's nothing left in the house but dust bunnies

and HUGE dust bunnies they are! So as soon as the movers clean up the paper and tape mess I get to do the fun part of cleaning the house. They really messed up the floors. The tape they taped cardboard down to the floor with left large strips of brown sticky tape behind. Ironically the floor would have been easier to clean if they left the floor alone. The tape isn't coming up with any cleaners I have, even goof off. I spent HOURS the other week on my hands and knees scrubbing the very same floor too. :(

I'm so ready for this move to be over!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Okay not three more days like I posted...

But ONE more day now! The movers are coming and starting on Wednesday, not Thursday. Dh just informed me of that tonight. Ugh, I don't have time for it to be a day earlier. I have a meeting at school and I'm trying (still to get out of Jury duty) since it's a month long thing (or longer) and I'll no longer be a resident of this state after this week. I wrote them a letter explaining it but it wasn't good enough. They want proof. I say they can come see my house and the movers putting the stuff on the truck. Is that proof enough?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Three more days,

it's coming up fast! The movers will be here in 3 more days to start boxing up our stuff. I'm still having trouble trying to figure out how to pack the clothes we will need since we're still wearing them! The boys have school right up until Thursday and I can't send them to school naked. I'm so tired with all the stress; hubby and I aren't sleeping well. It's all his fault though! He had to go and get hired on at another place. At least they are going to pay him well. Now let's just pray this house sells quickly!

Friday, October 10, 2008

I don't have time for this!

My kidney area hurts like a $(%&^ and I think I have another UTI or the beginnings of one. I don't get it. I never got a UTI in my entire life until last year. I'm wondering if I have a kidney stone blocking something and causing all the problems.

All I know is I'm in pain, have a fever and am so tired. All things that make me uncomfortable and add to my stress since I still have so much to do before the movers get here on Thursday to start packing our junk.

Oh and to top it off I got a summons for jury duty. I wrote them a letter telling them I was moving the week of the dates they gave me. Not good enough, I'm still not excused even though I won't be a resident of the county or even stupid state the court is in. They still are demanding I show up. I fully expect the Sheriff to show up and haul me to jail for not showing up, lol.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

So apparently Heather tagged me

so as far as I can figure by reading her blog http://liveasweknowit.blogspot.com/

I'm supposed to tell you 6 things about me you MAY NOT KNOW

1. I hate washing dishes. I mean REALLY hate washing them. I still do them or we'd have a big pile of dirty dishes and nothing to eat off of, lol.

2. I have a HUGE sweet tooth so I rarely buy sweets.

3. I don't mind washing laundry but I dispise folding it and putting it away.

4. I dislike painting walls but LOVE painting pictures. I'm not that good at it but I still like to do it.

5. I still like to sit and color with the kids.

6. I have issues with socks. I can never find a pair that is comfortable so I'd rather go around the house in bare feet

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Fall is in the air

It was 41F when I got up this morning. Enough to give me a chill yet still warm enough to feel wonderful. Nice and crisp. I won't be here long enough to see all the trees change color though. Bummer since they are all so beautiful. I don't think I'll be seeing many trees in the "city" area we'll be going to. Here were right smack next to a reforestation area. Huge trees and no other houses next to us. It's nice and quiet too. That's about the only thing I'll miss about this place.

Monday, October 06, 2008

How did 3 weeks turn into 10 days so quickly?

In 10 more days the movers will be here to pack. Then the next day they will be putting all of our stuff on a truck headed for a storage building in Alabama. I *just* realized the boys are off of school that day for some sort or teacher's professional day or something. It's not going to help with them freaking out that their stuff is leaving. Ugh, not going to be a fun day trying to keep all 3 kids busy and out of the way.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Silly game I like to play when I log into Facebook...


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Three more weeks...

and we'll be in Alabama. That's where dh took a new job. I'm up with stress insomnia right now. Well that and I'm in a TON of pain. I can't even get comfy with 800mg of ibuprofen in my body. I hate this!

I'm worried about how I'll get the kids registered for school. We'll be in housing provided by dh's company or through a relocation company and we won't have any proof of residence to sign them up for school.

All of the crap that needs to be done has fallen on me. He gives me the packets of crap for me to decide everything while he's upstairs snoring. I don't know the area and I don't know which areas have the best school districts so we can start looking for a place right away. Ideally I'd like the temporary housing (that is if we can get some sort of proof of residence) to be in the same area where we will move to after the 60 days the company is paying for. That way the kids won't have to move to yet another school.

I don't know...I really don't.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Still don't know

where we're moving to but that we ARE moving. I hate this stuff. I started packing some things I didn't want the movers touching. The kids had to "help" so I have to re do it of course. Why don't they want to help when it comes to picking up their toys?!?

I'm not feeling to well. I'm going to have to go back and see the quack of a Dr I guess. Let's see who she can pass me off to instead of helping me. I can't seem to get into a new Dr immediately, there is always a wait for new patients. What kind of crap is that. When I was growing up I never remember having to wait. My mom would make an appointment and the next day we would go. I guess times have changed.

School is going okay for James but Christoph is having some issues. I've noticed it more at home lately too. He wants to do what HE wants to do no matter what any adult says and he spends so much time in time out and losing favorite toys for repeat offenses and yet he still does it and when asked why we get his famous "I don't Know!" It's getting old!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wow it's been a while since I've blogged

Just really busy and then really tired on top of it. Besides the normal pain from my kidney area I've had a sinus infection that developed from a cold the boys shared with me.

Let's see...

School is going well for the boys so far. Or at least I think, no notes or calls home and all of the papers they bring home by the tons have good marks on them.

We bought a new to us used van

It's nice inside and has a DVD player the kids LOVE. The insurance premium on it is also lower than the old Venture we had because of all the new saftey features. Well, new in terms of driving an eight year old vehicle.

We're in the tossing and getting ready to pack phase but we still have three places we "could" be moving too. We're moving but we don't know when and where. It's really working my nerves.

Other than that the same old thing. Nothing excting but nothing bad.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

First day of school

James started school on Monday (for some reason in this county preK and K start a few days later)



He likes to get stiff and make funny faces at the camera so I never have any great smiling pictures. I think the sun may have been in his eyes but I dunno for sure.

This was taken by someone at the school and I stole it off of their website. I figured I was entitled since it has my son in it, LOL.


And on the first day of school the other two and I went to Wal-mart to grocery shop. Fun stuff always.


And today (Thursday) Christoph started his first day of all day class, five days a week.


Not sure what he was doing but it was better than the first one I took...

And of course little Miss Take a picture of MEEEEEEEEE! had to get in on the act


She had to pose for more pictures when she got home. This one cracked me up because I have no idea where she would have gotten an idea to pose like this (I never would have thought of it at three!)


Also if you look closely you'll see the boys have the same shirt on. Yes it is the same exact shirt not a copy. They both wear the same size clothes so I'm always asking who belongs to what shirt. Well the last time Christoph told me it was James' so I put in into James' drawer and that's what he picked to wear to school on the first day. Yesterday I washed and folded the kids clothes and this shirt was in there. I pulled out another one and asked Christoph if he wanted to wear it on his first day. No, because it wasn't his. Okay, then I tell him to pick out the shirt he wants to wear. He grabs the one James had wore on Monday. I say that's your brothers shirt, only to be corrected that it's not! Anyway that's the shirt he decided to wear on his first day.

Here's hoping that he has a great first full day of school. I'm just worried he's going to be tired. He doesn't do well when he gets tired so I hope he holds it together.

Friday, August 22, 2008

My night and morning...

Felt sick and laid down at 9 pm
9pm, 9:01 pm, 9:02 pm and on and on James keeps getting out of bed with created issues.

9:10 pm Hubby calls. He had just gotten out of the shower because he had to be back to work at 11pm (He went in at 3 am!).

9:30 pm
finally convinced dh to get off the phone and go get dinner and coffee so I could get some sleep.

10 pm hear one on the kids coughing, get up to check all sleeping.

11 pm wake up very thirsty so I get up and get some water.

11:20 wake up having to pee

12 am
still awake!

1 am dozing off to hear "mommy, mooooommmmmy, MOOOOMMMMY!" in the span of half a second. I couldn't get my feet from under the sheet to the floor in enough time for her I guess.

1:01 am
told she need to pee and she proceeded to have a screaming tantrum because I wouldn't turn on every light from here to China. (not to mention she has two lights on in her room at that time and I turned on our low light over head lights in the bathroom but she wanted ALL of them on so that the light would burn my retnas to oblivion.

1:02 am
Another screaming tantrum because the bed is wet but I didn't know that because she just went into the tantrum that lasts 5 minutes to which I proceeded to scream at her to stop whining and use words. (not my finest moment!).

1:07 am fresh bedding on the bed and all tucked in.

1:07:32 am laying down in my bed to hear "Mommy, I need to tell you something". I go back to her door way and she asks if she can wear her purple dress in the morning. I reply yeah, now go to sleep.

1:08 am lay back down to hear her scream she had to poop. Only my bathroom was the only one good enough. She goes in for 20 seconds and comes back out not having to go after all.

1:09 am back in bed.

1:10 am "mommy, moooommmmy, mooooooooooommmmmmmmmy" ( I go back and she asks me about dreams and I tell her to have a good princess dream)

1:12 am "mommy, moooommmmy, mooooooooooommmmmmmmmy" (I go back and she asks me about MY dreams) I tell her it's hard to have dreams when little people don't let you sleep)

1:14 am "mommy, moooommmmy, mooooooooooommmmmmmmmy" I go to the door way and sternly say goodnight.

1:16 am "mommy, moooommmmy, mooooooooooommmmmmmmmy" Again I sternly tell her goodnight from my own bed when she couldn't tell me why she was calling me.

1:22 am a repeat of 1:16 am but now I'm all worked up and can't sleep so I get up and take a Tylenol pm since I was in a lot of pain and couldn't get comfy anyway.

5:26 am hubby sends text message. The rocket he was working on launched. (YAY!)

5:30 am the misdailing Russain guy that yells through the phone calls again (seems to be a daily thing since this past January or so) but today he proceeds to yell stuff at me in Russian which I don't understand so I just hung up on him. I know he's trying to call the University Hospital. All of the calls we get on our home phone that aren't from the school or from telemarketers are misdials because of one stinking number.

5:30:30 am Kerstin decides it's time to get up for the day. I tell her it's still bed time and I go back to bed.

5:31 am she has to pee again. Then back to bed.

I doze and she calls me and talks to me and asks questions but I can't remember anything other than mumbling it wasn't time to get up for the day yet.

7:15 am Russian guy calls back, I promptly hang up when I hear his voice (I figure after all these months of me telling him to dial the right number he would get it!)

James and Kerstin get up. James eats and runs down to play his computer, Kerstin burps and tells me she has to throw up, then runs down the hall and comes back crying and screaming. She wouldn't tell me where she puked but I found it when I stepped in it! Gave her a bath and she decided breakfast wasn't a good idea and I agreed.

9 am puke all over the coveted purple dress, and more tantrums because now it's runined forever and apparently mommy can't wash it. (insert a picture of me rolling my eyes).

Now I'm listening to child #2 cry because he never gets to do this or that or whatever because he broke his computer monitor a couple of days ago. Heck if I'm going to replace it right before we have to move and have it sit in storage for 2 months. He can wait until we've moved and gotten our things from storage!

Off to clean up more puke! UGH, I feel sick now.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What a day! I'm so tired...

Set the alarm for the first time this summmer. The kids didn't want to get up, and they are usually up way before the time I set the alarm. I hope this isn't what I have to look forward to next week when school starts.

Anyway off to the Allergist for the second and third child to have follow up appointments. They weighed them and measured their heights. I knew that all the kids grew over the summer but Kerstin suprised me the most. She went from 20% to 50% for height and weight. She went from wearing 2T's this past May to 4T's now and I'm not sure the length is going to be right for her much longer. Although she still has a tiny waist.

After the allergist we stopped at Safeway in DE because they have the soy yogurt Kerstin likes that isn't contaminated with milk. And because it's all tax free there. We rush home to put the cold things away and to eat lunch because we had to hurry to school. Today was the icecream social.

The boys got to go see where their classrooms were and see old friends from last year. James starts on Monday and Christoph starts on Thursday. I'm worried all day long kindy is going to be too much for him. He gets tired easily when it comes to back to back academic type work.

When we got done with school we came home and rode bikes until dinner time. It's beautiful out today and it was fun.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Why is that first 23 minutes such a bitch?

I'm referring to exercise of course. After that 23 minute mark I could go on for another hour or two but up until then it's hard to even make it to that point. Tomorrow is my off day for aerobic activity so I'm going to see if I can get hubby's free weights out to use those. For now off to drink some more water. The tiny bottle I drank while on the tredmill wasn't enough.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I haven't been feeling right for a while now and last night I had

an "ah ha" moment. After suffering muscle pain, numbness and not being able to even hold a pencil yesterday I think I found it's being caused by a medication my Dr thinks I should take every day. I was having issues with my heart giving me that flip flop feeling in my chest, extreme tiredness and a lot more. I thought I was going to die! My arm still feels really odd and the muscle pain isn't anything I've ever had before. It doesn't even compare to the soreness you get from exercise. I slept with a heating pad on it all night after taking ibuprofen and getting up six hours later to take more.

I decided last night to look at the side effects of said medication. The ones that were "rare" and serious were most of the ones I have been experiencing. I searched more places on the internet and really think that this medication (at least in my case) is doing more harm than good. There has to be more natural ways to do this other than pop a pill that is known by the FDA to kill people. I should have known earlier this spring when the pharmacist suggested I skip taking this pill while taking an antibiotic for a severe sinus infection. His words "it can kill you". Um, okay...where was the red flag that should have been given to me by my brain?

OH! and it can cause kidney issues AND UTI's much like I've been experiencing since starting this medication! As many times as I've been back to the Dr to complain (and I'm still in a lot of pain), not one time did she say well let's see if maybe this medication is causing the issues. Instead I was dismissed and even told to see a GYN who rolled her eyes and said I should see an Urologist then proceeded to test me for STD's instead. I knew I didn't have STD's and I knew then something wasn't right.

I also read on several different sites the muscle weakness and pain *could* be life long. They never tell you any of this stuff when they give you the medication! You should be told and given the choice. Not just handed a script and told to take this. So for over a year I've been feeling like total crap, not sleeping (also another side effect of the med!), on edge, in pain and so on and this one little pill that I've been taking every single night before bed could be the cause.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Boy, why are kids shoes so expensive?

With three kids and shoes on sale it was over $100. Geesh! I wanted to get them something that would last more than a month. The last few times their shoes just fell right apart. So no shoes from Walmart or Payless or whatever they call themselves now. The people at payless were so rude and didn't even want to ring up our purchases anyway. I'll never go there again. So off to Kohl's and the boys picked out those Super Z strap shoes (can you say Too lazy to tie shoes!) and Kerstin got a pink and tan pair of skechers also.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


that is currently being yelled out by 3 kids running around like lunatics. No clue what it means though. But goodness it doesn't help my headache, rotf.

I would LOVE to get them in the pool but darn the water is 70 degrees. Too cold for my chicken ass. I like warmer water for swimming in. The weather has been really cool here the past week. So much so I acutally turned off the a/c. Really nice fall type weather. I'm hoping it gets hotter soon just so the kids can have a few more fun days in the pool before school starts. Just one more school free week. Okay so not really they have some kind of icecream social to go to next week. Maybe we won't go, lol. Then they can wander the halls looking for their rooms on the first day.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

My oldest was writing in his summer journal

this morning (part of his summer homework from school) and he chose to write about when he grows up. He was telling me all about his house and everything when he grew up then asks his 5 year old brother if he is going to live with him. To which the 5 year old says he's going to live by himself but mommy and daddy can come visit him. My oldest then says that mommy and daddy can live with him if they wanted. The 5 year old says only daddy can live with him but mommy could come to visit. Nice to be loved! Little stinker.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Tell me in what universe this is fair?

Yesterday I was really tired and crabby. I had this awful headache too but just thought it was from allergies since the pollen count has gone up. At dinner time I was getting the kids plates ready and decided I would take my temp since the thermometer was right there on the counter. I was 102, I couldn't believe it.

THEN this morning the kids were kind of sluggish and Kerstin said she wasn't hungry and the boys ate very lightly (not like them) and I decided I would take all of our temps we all have fevers this morning. So not fair. I gave them all some Motrin since Kerstin was super whiney but I still need to take something. That darn headache is coming back.

I would love to lay down a bit but no way I can with these three energy balls running about.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Remember this? My dd loves it. It's got to be as old as me...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Something's got to change...

I'm so tired of being so tired every day. Almost this entire summer I've had to drag myself out of bed. I have to have a cup of coffee before I can even slightly function. Of course my oldest (who will be eight in November) pops right out of bed the second it is seven o'clock and announces it is time to get out of bed as loudly as he can. He wants to make sure everyone in the house is awake because he is.

I had to put a clock in is room and tell him he couldn't get up before 7 am or he's up at the crack of dawn (or earlier!) telling me he's hungry, he's not tired, etc. I can tell you that when school starts he will not be up at seven, he is tired when school starts I guess. So I have to ask him to get up over and over until I'm telling him to get up or else.

Right now, I need to find something to get my rear moving because I have a lot to do. The "rocket" launches suppposidly in about three weeks. Then we move. To where I can't tell you yet. Could be Utah, Florida, Western MD, Northern VA, Arizona...you get the idea. I can't even tell you an exact date either. It's really stressing me out too. I'm not going to be able to take much more of this, really!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Yawn! Last night was horrible for sleep.

I start to fall asleep and Kerstin started calling me. She wouldn't tell me what she wanted then actually told me SHHHH! Little stinker! Then once I got relaxed enough to sleep my cell phone rings, drunk dial! UGH! So I go lay back down and within minutes Kerstin is up puking all over her bed and herself. So I sit her in the tub with water running but no plug in and start cleaning her bed up. Dh (who is home for the weekend) gets up and gives her a bath while I clean the hall floor and such. Then he goes back to bed as I'm trying to dry her off. For some reason I left her in the tub to dry her, I usually take her out and dry her.

So then she starts puking again and a lot all over the tub. It smelled horrible! I started gagging and puking myself while trying to rinse out the tub. She's yelling at me for puking in her tub I had to laugh because she was doing the same thing. So after another bath, she's back in bed without her favorite blankie. She did not want to go to sleep and I couldn't go to sleep because I was so queasy and kept having acid reflux issues. So I stayed up for a few more hours watching late night TV (note to self, keep some decent DVD's by the TV upstairs!).

I finally went to bed at 3 am and she was up crying again but thankfully she just had to pee so she went right back to sleep. I took so tylenol pm because I wasn't tired at all by this point. Go back to bed, and guess what?!? Drunk person calls back . So at 7 am I hear James up, he goes and watches TV for 10 minutes then comes in on my side of the bed and very loudly announces he wants breakfast. I tell him I'll be up in a few minutes (but that was a lie, lol). Dh gets up and takes both boys downstairs after he makes himself a cup of coffee. The coffee maker is rather noisy! So I drag myself out of bed at almost 8 am and do the bad mommy thing and feed the boys pop tarts. I feel like poo today and my stomach is still in knots from all the acid issues, even after taking some Prilosec.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Don't mind me

but I need to scream. ARGHHHHHHH! That is all.

Friday, July 11, 2008

So the NP at the ped's office

says Fifth's disease. Also that when the kid is hot that it gets really red like his was. To make it twice as nice his baby sister had red cheeks by the time we got there so she has it too. They aren't contagious now but they look silly and the rash can last up to 6 weeks! Good thing it doesn't itch because if it did, OMGosh the scratching that would be going on here would be maddening.

Ever see anything like this?

We're off to the ped right after lunch!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Tomorrow ought to be, ummm

interesting! I called my OB/GYN for an appointment to go over my UTI issues. I had 2 postive tests with those at home test kits for UTI's. So they want to do my yearly too which really wouldn't be an issue but I'll have al 3 kids with me. I can so see them under the sheet with the Dr asking her what she is doing.

Something isn't right...

tell me why I can't get a Dr to take me seriously?!? I don't want pain pills or more antibiotics I want to feel human again. Why can't they listen to me and help me? I'm so miserable I want to cry. And if I believe the symptoms I read on the internet (insert a pic of myself rolling my eyes) I could be either having kidney stone issues again or even kidney failure. I can't even get a Dr to send me for a x-ray to make sure it's not even a stone. Short of going to med school and getting educated to diagnose and treat myself I just don't know what to do any more. I'm pretty sure I have ANOTHER UTI which I seem to get the week after a/f leaves, but I can't get anyone to treat that either. I'm off to the drug store soon to buy one of those test kits so I can be sure then I'll run to the Walk in place and hope they don't give me meds that kill me, lol.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


She was the neighbor's cat. She came over nearly everyday for two years to nap all day on our deck. Then she'd go home for dinner and come back the next day. She was a total sweet heart and learned quickly not to try to come in. I'd pet her and give her a good scratch behind the ear which she loved and then I would run in and wash my hands (We're VERY allergic to cats).

Anyway one evening when I was cooking I had the sliding door open and she was making these odd noises like she was in pain or something. I stepped out there to check on her and she meowed and purred when I pet her. Then she went home. In the morning she was in my deck chair per her normal routine. Later that day when it got really hot she moved down in our back yard by the fence. It was nice and shady there.

I didn't think anything of it because she had been doing that for a few days and would go home later. That night a fox was out by my fence barking and barking (who knew they did that?) and I ran it off after a couple hours of it. It was pitch black so I couldn't see anything. The next morning when I got up to go to the bathroom I saw something brown out there on the ground. I didn't have my glasses on so I grabbed them to see. I thought maybe the fox was curled up there asleep and would run when I opened the door. It didn't move and I walked over to see it was the cat. She was breathing but couldn't lift her head up and she was shaking. It was really cool that night.

I ran over to the neighbor's house and there was this HUGE orange cat on their steps. I thought it was hissing at me at first but it was just trying to breath. It is so fat is can't breath! Anyway he didn't answer but I knew he was home since the garage to his antique cars was open. So I ran over to the other neighbors (still in my PJ's, lol) to see if she had their phone number. She yell's down since the front door was open that she'd be right there as soon as she put her shirt on. She had just gotten out of the shower. I called and left a message and was going to hop in the shower so I could run the cat to the vet since I figured the neighbor went out for coffee or something. But he came over right away to get the cat.

His girlfriend (the cat's owner) had been looking for the cat all night. They took the cat to the vet but she didn't make it. She was 17 years old and had some sezures in the past. The sad part is every morning out of habit I look out on the deck to see if Angela has come over for her all day nap.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Next week the work begins

for the kids that is. Both boys brought home these homework packets they need to complete and turn in on the first day of school. The oldest's includes writing 3 times a week. What fun huh?

So I need to buy him a journal so it can all stay together. I figured at least this week they could be bums. Just do whatever and not have a schedule to stick to. Then back to more structure. They desereve some vacation from school I think. I'm not going to push the homework everyday like the school thinks we should. It's their summer break for cripes sakes. I never had homework over the summer as a kid. Not that I didn't read and learn. I LOVED to read and would pick out words I wasn't familiar with and I would look them up, learn to spell them and how to use them in a sentence.

I think my kids are the same way. They love to ask questions and learn things. Right now the oldest is into a lot of math questions. My math isn't that strong which is sad but the truth. As it is my 3 year old can recite the alphabet and recgonize most of them when I ask her what a certain letter is. And gosh the vacabuary with which that little girl speaks with blows my mind. She's way ahead of both boys I think. But I've been told girls talk a lot. I don't know how that is because ALL of my kids talk from the time the get up until they go to sleep.

Some days the talking constantly drives me out of my mind. Both boys, the first thing they do when they wake up is talk VERY loudly. Odd sentences of any type will come out. Then they will wake the sleeping brother up to say something. Heck the first thing I do when I wake up is get up and go to the potty,lol. Then I NEED coffee! Then maybe I can talk.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Busy, busy, busy...

Hubby is still out of town and not feeling 100%. Child #2 fell and punctured his scalp and I was not pleased with the care he got at the local ER. They were mostly concerned if he was up to date on his shots and that the bleeding had stopped. They didn't examine him or ask him if he had a headache or nausea or anything. They didn't even clean up the wound. Just told me to give him ibuprofen and sent us on our way.

It's the last day of school and he wanted to go. He's only going to be there for 2 hours anyway. I went in and talked to the nurse and she was going to talk to the teacher and pop in and check on him every so often. We have an appointment to see his Dr a bit later. Something in my gut says to get someone I trust to look it over. I guess I'm being too cautious but he's my snuggly baby boy. Okay so not so snuggly he likes to wrestle and rough house but he still gives the best hugs without you even having to ask for one. I have to ask my oldest for hugs all the time because he's too busy for that kind of stuff. Soon he'll be too old for hugs from mom.

So off to the school to get kiddo #2 then lunch then back to school to get #1 then rush off to the Dr like a mad woman since we'll only have 15 minutes to get there. Maybe I can pull #1 out early but I'd hate to do that to him on his last day. I know they are having a blast and he already gets out early as it is.

And then later today I'll have to explain to the kids that one of the pet fish died. Poor Elmo hadn't been right for a couple of weeks so I kind of expected it but with running to the ER last night I forgot to feed the fish and the poor fish didn't get his last meal. :(

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I've been reminded many times that there is only one

more day after today. The boys are ready for a break from school. I bet after two weeks they'll be ready to go back.

I FIANLLY got a hold of my Dr's office who appologized over and over about the order for my test not being at the lab. It is gauranteed to be there today so I can go tomorrow. So we'll see. I already went ahead and made an appointment with the Dr anyway so I don't have to try to get in. I'm still waiting for new Dr's to call me back. They aren't accepting new patients or I have to wait a month or even two because I would be a "new" patient. I'm trying to beg one of them to let me in ASAP but so far no luck. And then there would be no gaurantee that they would be any good. I really have not had good luck with Dr's in this area at all. They may have gone to med school but boy they suck rotten eggs! I must get all the near flunkies or something. :(

Dh is sick so positive thoughts and prayers if you can spare them would be appreciated. He's in a lot of pain and can barely walk and working so many hours. The Dr sent him back to his room yesterday because just looking at him she knew he wasn't feeling well. They tested him for Lyme, Staph, Strep and R.A. but the tests aren't back yet. They have him on a lot of meds treating for Staph just in case. I guess they wanted to get a jump on it if it were the case. Hopefully it's nothing serious. In the back of my mind I keep thinking it's something related to Desert Storm. He inhaled so many chemicals from the SCUD explosions. Or even some kind of Desert bug or virus, those can be pretty bad and not show up for years. Sigh!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Four more days...

the boys are counting down. In fact the middle child begged to stay home from school today. I said no of course, lol. After how loud they were this weekend I was ready for some peace in the house for a couple of hours. Heck he only goes to school for less than 3 hours as it is. And what do they do? Play more than anything. So why stay home and drive mommy looney when you can go and have fun with friends then come home for lunch. Sounds good to me, in fact can I go to preK?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I got this in my email but it made me chuckle so I thought I would share...

Tips for the ladies in year 2008

1. Aspire to be Barbie - the bitch has everything.
2. If the shoe fits - buy one in every colour.
3. Take life with a pinch of salt... A wedge of lime, and a shot of tequila.
4. In need of a support group? - Cocktail hour with your girlfriends!
5. Go on the 30 day diet (I'm on it and so far I've lost 15 days).
6. When life gets you down - just put on your big girl panties and deal with it.
7. Let your greatest fear be that there is no menopause and this is just your personality.
8. I know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok. They know me here.....
9. Lead me not into temptation, I can find it myself.
10. When life gives you lemons in 2008 - turn it into lemonade then mix it with vodka.

The boys were so tickled when we pulled into the

school parking lot today. The field was all set up for fun and fitness day. I lathered them up with sunscreen and gave them a bottle of water. I hope it's not too chilly because they insisted on wearing shorts. Yesterday is was hot and humid here but I don't think it's supposed to go over 67F today and it was in the 50's when I dropped them off at school. Either way I hope they have a wonderful day of playing outside with the entire school. I bet it's a zoo there right now with a bunch of hyper kids running around and playing their games. I know they will come home with a ribbon since I think they give them out to all the kids who participate.

I am having one of those WTF moments...

I finished my antibiotic yesterday. I still have the UTI and I tried to call my Dr (which if you could see me right now I'm rolling my eyes about that fact) and of course I get their answering service that tells me to call back another time. It wouldn't tick me off so much IF they were off on an off day but they are supposed to have their glorious administrative hours from 9 am to 11:45 am. So what you say? Well, their admin hours are the ONLY time you can call for an appointment or questions about bills and so on. The rest of the time the are open but don't take calls from patients since it's not admin hours. Well IT IS AFTER 9 am! An hour past in fact. And they still aren't answering their phone when they are supposed to.

I would't worry too much if it was a cold or a sinus infection but darn it! I don't want this infection to spread to my kidney. I'm getting so paranoid. I can't be hospitalized while hubby is away on travel for work. He won't be back for 2 more weeks and that will be for one day to get whatever he needs from his office and to have his clothes washed so he can repack and go back to the NASA base in VA. So here I sit in my WTF moment. I'd bang my head against a wall but that would probably give me a bad headache.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tick Toc, Tick Toc

The count down is on. Only nine more days left of school. The boys would like to be out now. For some reason school has been tiring this year.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I'm so tired!

I'm still in my jammies and I've been laying on the couch just watching the kids play. Boy they are loud too! No way I could sneak a nap in with all that noise. The antibiotics aren't treating me very well either. I feel so sick I haven't eaten since lunch time yesterday. I don't think I could. Maybe a nice cup of tea would help.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why oh why do we live in a crappy area? Part 2

So I tried calling the Dr's office all morning. They have very limited administrative hours in which you can call in and talk to the office manager, who is the Dr's husband. Anyway I kept getting a message every time I dialed that the phone was not in service try again later. It was past the admin hours by the time I had to leave and get kiddo #2 from school. So I decided I would drive over to the Dr's office and see if they packed up and moved or something. Nevermind the fact it's in Delaware and with the price of gas now .

The office was dark when I drove up but I could see patients sitting in the waiting room. So I go in and ask if I could get an appointment or at the very least have the Dr call in something since I am prone to kidney problems. He tells me to sign in and have a seat.

I read one three page pop up book (Rapunzel) and he calls me back. So for an hour and a half I sit in a tiny room with two kids who are bored, hungry, tired, thirsty, have to pee and so on. She finally comes in pokes my abdomen, karate chops my kidney area and asks me to pee in a cup. Three minutes later she's writing me a script for meds because there was bacteria in the urine.

I rushed to the pharmacy to drop off the script so we could get home and eat lunch (after 2 pm by then!). So when I go to get kiddo #1 from school I'll pick up my meds. I hope the bacteria isn't resistant to it. Last year I had my very first UTI ever and the bacteria was resistant and I ended up with a severe kidney infection and a very not so fun stay in the hospital for 4 and 1/2 days. And boy was that expensive even with health insurance! My money for my new living room furniture went to the medical bills. And we're still sitting on a sofa that is falling apart. Oh well, maybe after we move I can get new furniture.

Why oh why do we live in a crappy area?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I did something whacky yesterday...

well I'm still working on it. I need to decorate a little better...BUT I got tired of feeling cramped in our kitchen when we were eating so I moved our table to the "formal living room" (which we rarely use except for kids tossing toys about) and turned it into a dining room. I made a small sitting area in the kitchen where the table used to be. It's actually rather nice to sit there. Lots of light coming in the sliding doors, the birds singing, the neighbor's cat sitting in my deck chair putting hair all over it. Good thing she's a sweatheart or I'd run her off because she wants in so bad. Only we're really allerigic to cats.

I need to get a rug to put under the table now, the room has that echo feeling to it. I need some sort of plants or small trees in there too, it looks kind of naked but it's really nice to feel like you have elbow room to sit down. Now to just get hubby to remove the TV from the room. The kids already have enough distrations when we eat they don't need TV added to that. One actually got up and turned it on when I went to the kitchen. Little stinkers! I turned it off and put on some music instead. They get too much screen time as it is. A meal without TV on isn't going to kill them.

Well off to rearrange my kitchen some more now that I have room to do more in there!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Owie, my aching head...

I have one whopper of a headache. It's not a migraine but at this rate it could progress to that. Please oh please let the asprin I took take some of the pain away because I have to drive in a couple of hours. At least it's not raining but gosh the beautiful sun is hard on the headache.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Big Storms again...

Lots of rain (flood warnings) and wind. I'm waiting for the 3 LARGE dead trees in the forest next to the house to fall on the house or the little garages. They look like they are doing some kind of dance with all the wind. At least we're at the top of a hill so we won't get any of the flooding that some of the other people in the area are. At least it's not big tornados like on the news. So many people with houses gone and several people killed. Mother Nature sure can be hurtful at times.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

It's been a while but I have so much going

on and no cohesive thoughts to put down. I do however have some photos of my boys, thier little league photos as well as their spring pictures from school.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

He finally remembered!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Just smack me or kick me while I'm down why don't you?!?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Happy F-ing Birthday to me

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Food for thought: RE: Education & Creativity

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Plastic bottles?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Well he's totally back to his normal self

You wouldn't even know my oldest was put under for minor surgery on his gums this morning. I guess it will be a couple of days before we hear about the pathology report. Hopefully the "C" word won't be mentioned.

For those that don't know my seven year old had this white bump on his gum. We asked at his dentist what it was when he was 4 and 5 and then we moved to another state. The new dentist wanted to keep and eye on it and said it would probably go away after he lost the tooth that was behind the area. The tooth is still there since he was a slow teether as a baby, he is a slow tooth looser as a kid. Anyway the bump started getting bigger so they sent us to an oral surgeon to look at it.

Of course the oral surgeon wanted to remove it. How else would he part us from $300 not including what our medical insurance is paying them. Can you believe none of this was covered on our Dental?

It all went well despite me being up all night with an uneasy feeling. The ride home made him sick to his stomach. So he's rested for a while but still asked for breakfast, lol. The boy is obssesed about the most important meal of the day!

He was all drugged up when I went back to get him. They said he was seeing double and seeing trails. He was looking at his hand really slow with his eyes crossed saying "whoa". Then he did it with his foot. He was slurring like he was drunk and saying the oddest things that were just out of the blue and didn't make sense. I had to carry him out to the van because the meds they gave him made his muscles weak so he couldn't have walked if he wanted to. Now he is annoying his brother and bugging me for things he's not supposed to have. So yep back to his old self!

Monday, April 07, 2008

The oldest's coach FINALLY gave us a schedule

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Let the decluttering begin!

Okay technically I started but it's been slow going. After a smart alec remark from my husband I've been decluttering and throwing away HIS stuff. So far he hasn't noticed anything other than the "clean" as he calls it. So if he didn't miss the crap he didn't need it anyway! All this time he's been bitching about my cleaning, the house was clean just junked up with his stuff and the kids stuff. Okay so the Master bedroom can use some work, but I've been going through all my clothes and pulling out the things I haven't worn in six months so I can take it to Good Will. At least hopefully someone can get some use out of it. But yeah, with his crap gone the house just feels so much....ahhhh!

I don't know what's going on

but I feel like the first chance I get I should run away! People are just so rude and disrespectful! I need some time to myself.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Spring needs to get her butt in gear and show up!

My oldest kiddo had little league practice last night and once the sun started going down that wind was COLD. My other two kids looked like red popsicles. It really looked nice outside, sun and all but geez it was just too cold. It felt more like winter.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

I'm tickled!

My best friend from High School has been MIA for years. I tried to find her and never could. She emailed me today. She found me through the reunion site some of the girls had set up for our 20th reunion. Gosh, I can't believe I've been out of High School for 20 years now. I can't wait to catch up with my friend. We were so different but so close in school.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The calender say it's spring...

the thermometer says it's 30F outside. To me that's not spring! All the kids got up with one of those nasty congested coughs. Two of them have had cold and allergy symptoms for about a week. The other one was fine until he went to tee ball practice and it was cold and VERY windy. He has another practice today but I don' know if he should if it's cold and he sounds like a dying horse when he coughs. Tell me why they would do back to back practices for little kids anyway?

Friday, March 21, 2008


My sinuses hurt! I'm so afraid of what it's going to be like when more than just a few trees are putting out pollen. Tree's having sex! That's what is making me so miserable. I guess I can be thankful I've only had one asthma attack today. Hopefully it will be the only one.

The kids are so loud today too. They aren't being bad, they are actually playing together really nicely. No fighting, using household objects and using their imaginations but they are LOUD. My poor ears. I wonder if I could find a pair of ear plugs. I used to have some to block out dh's snoring. Hmmm, he's been snoring a lot more lately maybe I should buy several pairs. I've got to run to the store today anyway.

I've been watching news today. Something I rarely get to do anymore. I'm really not sure what to think of any of the candidates running for president. So much mud slinging going on mostly by the media. There isn't ONE news source that I have found that isn't biased toward one candidate or the other. It frustrates me so. I'm one of those that wants the facts not some news director's or reporter's point of view.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Misty, foggy, rainy and just

icky gray outside today. I'm so ready for the sunshine and flowers of spring. Even if my allergies aren't. The pollen has been over 8 many times already and it's killing our allergies. I hate to see what happens when everything but a few trees start blooming. I have a love/hate relationship with spring because of our allergies.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Please respond to this and tell me

what your favorite form of exercise is.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Well darn if I didn't

wake up and feel like I was hit by a Mack truck today. I'm so tired of catching the kids colds. I can't wait until it warms up and cold season is over! I'm so tired all I want to do is sleep but with kids in the house that don't nap...Mommy doesn't nap.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ball, Ball and more Ball

We left the house at 8 am and got home about 40 minutes ago. Who knew standing out in the wind and running a 3 yo back and forth to the truck pee on her little potty would be so tiring. I did toss the ball a bit and played tag with the two kids who weren't actually playing ball at the moment.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Okay not funny

It hasn't been two whole weeks since I finished my nasty antibiotics from the sinus infection I had. I have a sore throat. The oldest and youngest have been sniffling and coughing for days. I guess they shared yet again. It seems like they get every darn cold that goes around. Frankly I'm sick of it and darn I'm sick of them giving it to me! I don't remember having so many colds/sinus infections since I was a kid. I don't want another sinus infection, I don't want any more of those nasty antibiotics. The nasty, itchy rash they gave me on my arms and neck is just now starting to go away. May I scream now?

Is it a bad thing that the highlight of my day

was going to Walmart and buying a toilet seat? The bugger cost $27 too. But it's one of those that has two seats on it. One for little kids tushes and one for adults all built into one. Why did I spend that on a seat like that instead of getting one of those $6 things that sits on top of a seat? Because they fall into an elongated bowl. Kids don't like falling into the cold water of the toilet! Bwahaha! It will make it easier for my little one too so she doesn't have to run upstairs to use one of the bathrooms, she can just use the one downstairs now.

I did buy some scraps of fabric and some quilt batting to attempt to make a quilt for my oldest. He has these three little baby blankets that he has loved to death. Actually I had spares of those and he loved those to death too. I told him I would take what pieces I could cut out of them (they are more holes than not) and make him a quilt. He's still attached to them and since he hasn't had them to sleep with he's been G R U M P Y! I'm hoping it will cheer him up since he's not been in a good mood and he's been arugmentative over EVERYTHING. It's either that or I'm packing him up and sending him to the gypsies. Not really but there are those days when I've had enough and he won't let things be. Those days bedtime is earlier!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Well he's not the worst player on the team

but he still stinks at baseball. He had a lot of fun and can't wait until the next practice. That's a good thing, right?!?

Ever feel like if you

dropped off of the face of the earth no one would care?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Oh Joy it's Wednesday...

which means I have to run to school early times two. For the life of me I don't understand why they let the entire county of schools out early on Wednesdays. It's supposed to be for teacher planning or something like that but really can a teacher prepare lesson plans in what an hour and 40 minutes a week? I know just being a sub there is a lot of prep to have extra work on hand just in case the teacher's lesson plan wasn't left or the worksheets or whatever didn't get copied. I always had extra work for the kids and reports I would fill out to leave for the teacher and principal so they knew how the day went. So I figure regular teachers have much more work to do than that.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's been so long since I've blogged I don't even

know if I know how to ;) Any lots and lots of busy things going on here. Both boys started Little League. Christoph is in his first year of Tee Ball. James well he's technically on two teams and they still haven't sorted out which one he's supposed to be on. I think I may solve that for them! He's not that good at ball, well to be honest he's horrible. Bad thing to say but he really isn't an atheltic kid at all and I found out that 7 years old can do another year of tee ball so I think I'll ask if he can get bumped back to that. He just likes being out there with his friends. He's just horrible at watching he ball, he can't hit the ball, he can't catch. BUT I keep encouraging since he "thinks" he knows how to play and wants to play.

Christoph hit the ball first time at the tee, James couldn't do that, he missed more times than not. However, Christoph got upset because he couldn't get to the ball in the outfield first when it was hit so we has some tears and pouting over that. It was his own fault though he didn't keep his eye on the ball the entire time. Some of the time he was twirling on the field or sitting in the mud. I just don't know what to do, they want to play ball so they say.

Kerstin has two more years before she can play. She is great with throwing and catching so I think she'll do pretty good. She lives to play catch every day I think, lol. How ironic will it be to have two older brothers and be better at sports than they are? As their mom I would like them to be good at everything they try, but we all know that doesn't happen. All I can do is encourage them to do their very best.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Happy 5th Birthday to my baby boy...

He wanted me to sing Happy Birthday to him as soon as I went into his room to get him up for school. I asked him if he could wait until tonight when I had his cake ready and he agreed.

Ugh and I had so much planned to do today, both boys are home sick. Christoph has a stomach ache. The last time he told me his tummy hurt he puked the rest of the day so I figured he better stay home. James is very congested and coughing a ton so I checked his temp and he has a fever. Figures too since I need to go out for ONE ingredient for Christoph's birthday cake.

I'm so tired too, for some reason we get these calls all the time for the University Hospital. I guess people put in the wrong area code or exchange #, well anyway last night every 40 minutes the state police out of Easton MD kept calling us thinking we were the hospital. We kept telling them they were calling a home not a hospital. Not a good thing to be waken every 40 minutes especially when you see MD State Police on the caller I.D. Then this morning while I was trying to get the kids ready for school (before I decided to keep the boys home) some drunk guy from Mississippi kept calling every couple of minutes. I couldn't understand a word he was saying but he was obviously very drunk or drugged or having a stroke or something. I finally just stopped answering the phone, he can either talk to my voice mail or call someone else because telling him over and over he had the wrong number wasn't working. Yawn, I need toothpicks for my eyelids!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Would someone please come remove the lead

weights that are dragging me down? I feel so tired and like I'm dragging lead weight around all day. I don't know why because (aside from the two times hubby woke me with loud snoring) I slept. I tell you if it were not for coffee I would be asleep right now.

I've been sneaking into the kids rooms today while the 3 year old is occupied briefly and tossing junk that they don't need or removing clothing that no longer fits. I feel like I have to sneak or they would have a cow if they knew something was leaving their room. I think I'm raising pack rats. The keep everything, even labels they've peeled off of boxes. I don't know what the fascination is but it's gone and hopefully they won't notice. Next step is to thin out some of the stuffed animal populations in their rooms and beds. I won't out right toss those. I would feel guilty. I'll remove them and hide them in hopes they won't notice and won't ask. If they don't notice the fluffy stuffed critter can go.

Then to start on their play room. I really honestly don't know why they have a play room. They pull the toys out to every other room of the house but never really stay in that room to play. Maybe I'll take it over and make myself a den. I don't have a place that's all my own. Every woman should have a place to sit for 5 minutes alone, right?!?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm such a clutz

It's was below freezing this morning and the van was covered in ice so I went out to warm the old girl up before we hopped in and ran to school....well I slipped on a patch of ice that I swear I could not see and fell and pulled something in my neck and smashed my finger so hard it split open in a couple of places. I didn't go all the way down though because that would have not been fun since I was on steps and there is black top at the bottom. I wish I weren't so clumbsy!

Monday, January 14, 2008


I'm so tired. I felt like I worked my tush off this weekend and have nothing to show for it. Doesn't help that driving to PA for church then back takes up half a day. I'm not too sure what I think about the church yet. It's so modern. Coffee bar, musicians (and I'm not talking an organist). They have a full band complete with singers who play and sing for 30 minutes before the sermon. I'm not too sure what to think about the minister yet but so far the sermon's have been excellent and very thought provoking. He even has them record them to CD if you want to listen to it again. Their website even has them for down loading. Then gosh, all the mulitmedia stuff with large screens all over so you can see the songs (which I'm not convinced are hymns yet, lol) and the scriptures that are being used. There are screens out in the front by the large coffee bar and large leather couches and chairs. I may just use one of those chairs the next time because the "band" as I refer to it is so LOUD. Doesn't help I've had a cronic sinus headache since before Christmas.

Then, gosh the children's church and Sunday Schools. I don't know what to think of those either. The kids must wear badges and stay in the rooms at all times. There is "security" to make sure the kids aren't in the halls without a teacher and the parent (namely me) holds on to another badge so that I can retrieve the kids after services. And if there is a problem and they need a parent to come to the child during the service they display the number in the corner of the screen so you can quietly sneak out and see what your child needs. So far none of my three have needed me. Heck they don't want to leave after, they have a lot of fun. Kerstin was in the nursery but since she turned 3 she decided she wanted to go to the 3-4 year old rooms. So now she's in the same class as Christoph. I really think the nursery was all play though so she may change her mind. Although she did like doing the crafts they did along with the lesson they had. James goes to the K-2nd grade group and says he loves it too.

Oh and gosh last night about 20 after 12 I heard this great big THUD and a lot of crying. Christoph had fallen out of the top bunk! We put an icepack on him and checked him over but all he wanted to do was get back in bed and sleep. I was so scared that he had a concussion that I kept getting up and rousing him from his sleep every so often. The poor kid had dark circles under his eyes from lack of sleep this morning. He was all smiles and eating normally. He also said that his head didn't hurt this morning. He was looking for "Huna" so he says when he fell out. Huna is his raindeer webkinz he got for Christmas. It was right in the bed with him so I don't know how he went OVER the rail. He's been in the top bunk for over a year without falling out so I don't get it. And yeah I know the older child should be in the top but they actually had an argument of sorts over it when we bought the bunk beds. Christoph really wanted the top and James really wanted the bottom. How they could turn that into an argument I don't know but they did, lol.