Friday, February 27, 2009

Off for the Weekend

I'm heading out on a women's encounter with the ladies from church. We're leaving tonight and will be back on Sunday afternoon. Since I still need to pack and get my house ready I'm going to turn the computer off. :) Have a great weekend everyone.
While I'm gone here's a hint for a big surprise coming your way on Monday.
It doesn't involve my reproductive organs....so don't guess that.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Got to Love a Cement Slab

When we were considering moving I told Nathan that I wanted our new house to only be one story. So much orneriness (yes, that's a word) went on in our old house because I was upstairs doing something and JM was loose downstairs or vice versa. Our stairs were so creaky that they could hear me coming and it wasn't very often that we caught them in the act of orneriness. Not to mention all the squeaky floor spots that Nathan and I pretty much had mapped out mentally. How hard is it to close a sleeping baby's door when the whole threshold of the door is the sqeakiest spot in the house.
Here in our sweet little duplex everything is one floor. I. Love. It. I can be in the kitchen and see them in their room, the bathroom, (we're working on learning to shut the door when you are going potty), the living room and even outside. Our house is built on a cement slab. There is no crawl space at all. All the water pipes run through the floor and come up just were they are needed. One sad side effect of this is that I'm limited to wear I can put the t.v. because I can have Nathan drill a new hole in the floor for me to move but the great side effects overrule this one.
THEY CAN'T HEAR ME COMING!!!!!! ha ha ha (read diabolical laugh). There are no creaks or squeaks anywhere on the floor. I love it. They are coming to understand that when they are doing something they shouldn't mom is going to stick her head around the door and bam! They are busted.
Case in point. They other day I had been busy folding laundry and heard some interesting noises coming from the boys room. I came in and JM and Peanut were using the bed clothes as parachutes and jumping off the top bunk. Very reminescent of this blog post involving Indiana Jones. Needless to say, I put a stop to that but they've tried it several more times. I'm praying we don't get any broken bones from this rock hard floor.
All in all, I'm really loving our new little house. Now we're off to get material for curtains for the kitchen and the living room.

Monday, February 23, 2009

All the Pretty Princesses

So I watched the Oscars last night. :) Nathan was falling asleep on the couch and it was to early to go to bed so I turned the tv on and realized I was just in time for the Oscars. Coolness.

Just as the show was beginning Peanut came in and got on the couch with me. All the boys in the house were asleep. So she and I cuddled up and watched all the glam.

I must say I'm not usually a big movie/Oscar watcher but this year seemed different to me. Hugh Jackman did an AMAZING job with the opening number. I didn't know he could sing. or dance. or both. Anne Hathaway was beautiful and what a lovely voice.

Peanut couldn't get over all the beautiful princesses, she called them. I loved how 'vintage' the actresses looked this year. All of them were really elegant and in 40's-50's style hair dos. There wasn't really a dress that I saw that was ugly. One of my favorite things that they did this year when presenting the awards for best supporting actor/actress and best actor/actress they had five past winners come and announce them. I just loved the 'generational' aspect of it and how they were commenting on the actors/actresses being nominated. It seemed to make it more special for those being nominated.

My favorite actress of the night must really be a toss up between the lovely Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz. They were both just beautiful and poised and both thought they were going to faint at the podium. :)

Wall-e, Peanut's favorite character of all time, won Best Animated Picture. She was so excited but I don't think she understood what was really happening.

I really wanted to post some pictures of the princesses but People magazine online won't allow the pictures to be saved. sniff. sniff. Maybe next month Peanut and I will post our favorites.

I do have a few movies that I think Nathan and I might want to watch.
Most importantly Peanut and I had a blast snuggling and ooohing and aaahing over all the Princesses.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Guess What?

I saw these yesterday on the side of the interstate on the way home from the store. (picture swiped from the internet)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

Mike and Sarah were here for a visit last weekend. We had a great time with them and were sad to see them go. Here are 13 pictures from this weekend.
JM is feeling better.
The kids ready for bed.
Sarah and AJ.
Tool Girl.
Playtime.
Mike and Grasshopper.
Mike, Peanut, and Grasshopper.
Julia.
Handstand Grasshopper.
Photo Op.
Bathtime.
Bathtime.
Saying Goodbye.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Apparently We Overlooked Something


...and I got to see tonsils. Charming let me say.

Two weeks ago I got a letter from AJ's school saying that he hadn't had a physical this year and was behind in his shots. I was really disturbed by this because his old school had told me they would forward his physical from there with all his records and I had already taken in his shot record for them to copy. In true institution fashion the school threatened suspension if it wasn't taken care of.

When we moved down here I knew I needed to find a doctor fairly quick because of Grasshopper and not knowing when his next attack would come, but I'd been putting it off. I talked to a lady at church and she recommended a doctor that actually wasn't that far from our house. I did some searching online and found that our insurance is accepted by his office. I called and explained the situation as clearly as I could asking them to get us in ASAP. And that day was today...during school hours.

I loaded the 3 little ones in the van. Drove to the school. Unloaded the children. Signed AJ out of school. Waited for him to come to the office. Loaded the children back in the van. Drove to the medical complex (read big enough to be a university hospital system) wandering around until we found the correct building. Peanut was already crying at this point.

I knew that I was going to have to fill out a bunch of paperwork because AJ was a new patient. We finally got in the building and I made the kids sit down. I checked AJ in and was told to wait.

Peanut proceeded to fill her pants. (she's been struggling lately). It stunk really bad. I knew I couldn't leave it so I took her to the bathroom and changed her. AJ and JM were fighting when I got back. Grasshopper was trying to fall on his head. The receptionist finally called me up and gave me all his paperwork. I get back to my seat and JM and AJ have to potty. I told them to go together. Meanwhile Little Peanut is crying.

They call AJ's name. sigh. They boys are in the bathroom. I hurry them up. Holding Grasshopper, Peanut's hand, the clipboard and pen, the diaper bag, and my purse I asked AJ to carry the coats. We finally get to the exam room and I plop down. At least now they are contained.

Peanut filled her pants again. I changed it. Again.

The nurse took him for his height, weight, hearing, and vision check and I had a little talk with the others about behaving. AJ came back in and got stripped for the the doctor. While the doctor was examining AJ he realized that AJ was behind on some boosters that he needed. Thus the threatening letter. He had the nurse check if our insurance would cover it. PRAISE GOD they do!!!!

AJ heard me say, "Let's go ahead and do them while we're here." and immediately the water works started. He cried the 10 minutes the nurse was gone getting them ready.

Princess filled her pants again. I changed it. Again.

They asked me to hold his hands down while they 'shot' him. He screamed so loud and so long. His tonsils are nice and pink I can report. After the shots he had to have his finger pricked and pee in a cup. They thorough at our new doctor's office. JM was bummed he didn't get to watch AJ pee in the cup.
By now I was more than happy to pay our copay and herd the crying whining crew to the van.

We drove home and everyone took a nap. Including me.

Next time I'm going to find someone to watch the others.

Sigh.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Unfortunate Projection


For the last couple of days JM and Little Peanut have been under the weather a little. Mostly laying around, not eating much at all, and several nights ago JM threw up. The side effect of this is that we've watched more t.v. than they are normally allowed. And although I know it's coming back to haunt me they are creatures of habit and watch the same 2 movies everyday.
Last night we thought it was just about over. Peanut had a fever yesterday and we decided to stay home from church. Boy was that a good idea. We got all the kids washed and in bed. Nathan was just sitting down to watch an episode of Dirty Jobs, which oddly enough was about a diaper cleaning service, when we heard Little Peanut coughing. Nathan gave her a breathing treatment and put her back in bed. As the Queen Whiner she was back asking to sit in Nathan's lap so there they were cuddled up on the couch when all of a sudden....

An Unfortunate Projection-

all over Nathan's white work uniform and all over her. He rushed her to the bathroom as lots more flowed. After much wiping down and changing of jammies we had her back in bed, only to repeat 3 more times in the next 20 minutes. She finally did get a full night' s sleep. She seems to look better this morning so we're hoping that it's over because we have company coming this weekend and we don't want them to get sick.
And really, if I have to watch Wall-e or Shrek again I think I'm going to have an unfortunate projection.