Tuesday, October 31, 2006

My Kidlets On Hallowe'en

Soundwave, Batman, and the lamb. Cuties.

Creepy Hands

Pretty gross, eh?

I should mention, that this is a "good" hand day. They usually look a lot worse, if you can believe it!

HAPPY HALLOWE'EN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Happy Hallowe'en to all you tricksters out there! Currently, it is raining here, and although the Weather Network calls for light rain this afternoon, this evening is supposed to be clear, so there is hope for decent trick or treating.

Phoenix is beside himself with excitement over the prospect of FINALLY being able to wear his Soundwave costume. All month I've been telling him not to touch it so that it is in one piece for him to wear today. I told him, after today, I don't care WHAT you do to it. And after a month, the glue-gun burns are just about healed.

On a separate note, I have contracted Mark's cold from hell. He's had it for two weeks now, with no sign of leaving. It is terrible. 30,000 tons of sinus pressure, never-ending nose blowing, and a cough that feels as though my lungs are being torn in two. What the hell? Has no one heard of the "Moms aren't allowed to be sick" rule? I should be immune!

And my hands hurt. Really, really, really, really bad. I look like I've been soaking them in battery acid. I'm taking vitamin E, and Omega 369, but nothing is helping. All of the prescription creams and ointments I've paid through the nose for aren't working. I finally talked my Dr into getting me an appointment with a dermatologist. Yeah, January 16, 2007 is my appointment. It's going to be a long, painful 2 1/2 months, especially when the cold chappy weather sets in. If someone has a miracle cure, I'd sure love to hear it!!! I should take a picture of them today and post it. It will go nicely with the holiday. Creepy, leprosy hands. Eww.................

Monday, October 30, 2006

Guess I'm Doing Something Right....

Well, I suppose that I'm doing something right. Ty's dr's office called today and said that his bloodwork came out ok, no problems with any iron or other vitamin levels. Whew. So, I guess I'll just keep feeding him love, milk and KD, and hope that the vitamins he gets from Vegetable Thins crackers are sufficient.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Living On Air

I'd like to thank my friends and family members who have e-mailed me about their own "child-lives-on-nothing-but-air" stories. As these kids are now several years older than Ty, and are healthy growing children, perhaps I shouldn't be so concerned.

My brother Tommy called me this morning to remind me about his son, Hunter, who lived pretty much on rice for three years, and is now happy, healthy and taller than me. Funny, I remember a craft at his school where they made a cornicopia for Thanksgiving and had to write inside what they were thankful for. All of the other kids were writing stuff like, my parents, my friends, my toys...Hunter wrote "I am thankful for rice."

So, I am hopeful now, that things are okay. I think that with Bun and Keegs bringing home new viruses every week from their respective schools, that Ty's immune system is just taking a beating. By the time he hits the school system, he will have an iron-clad immune system, and a perfect attendance record. (Cross fingers!)

The kiddies are quite excited about Hallowe'en. I hope the weather holds up. As long as it doesn't rain or snow, we're good. Mark's going out today to stock up on candy, and Keegs is dressing up in his Batman costume for his Hallowe'en party tomorrow.

Speaking of costumes, I had a bunch of craft foam, so I made a whack of superhero masks for the kids to play with. Keegan had on a retro-blue Batman one last night. He was running around with it on for about 40 minutes and got quite sweaty. Unfortunately, the sweat from his face reacted with the base dye in the foam, and his face is now hot pink, including all the the formerly white-blond hair around his forehead. I scrubbed that poor little guy within an inch of his life last night, and again this morning in the tub, and he's still pink. I told Mark that we'll just say it's windburn! Kripes! No way I'm wearing my Hawk-girl mask now! That's all I need is to walk around with a purple complexion! Always something around here.

Daylights savings time has arrived, and with it, the screwing up of sleep schedules. The kids don't know that the clocks are back an hour, so now when they get up at 6:00 am, the clock says 5:00 am and that makes me even more freaking tired! Wish there was a way to turn their internal clocks back an hour or two as well!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Tyger Update (and other stuff)

Took Tiggs to the doctor this morning. He weighs 26 3/4 pounds, which is slightly above average for his age, so he IS gaining weight. Dr indicated that although he may be getting sufficient caloric content, his nutrient level probably sucks (to paraphrase). So, poor little Tyger had to have 4 vials of blood taken. I have to say, he was a trooper. The lab tech was calm and confident and got the job done in minimum time. So, I guess we'll hear about his various levels by mid next-week.

My doctor is a bit of a putz when it comes to suggestions, so if anyone reading out there has any ideas of how to get Ty to eat anything, please share!

In other matters, we got confirmation today that Keegs will be joining the Tues/Thurs class, so as of the first full week of November, he will be going to school 5 mornings a week, which is awesome, and not only for me! He will greatly benefit from the constancy of routine, and his resourse worker and teachers agree that the more the better, especially if they want to get him at SK level upon graduation.

Ty went to bed at 11:15. He is still sleeping at 2:31. He has not had lunch yet. His schedule is fubar-ed today!

Gotta go. Will update when I know more.

PS. Keep those legs crossed JuJu! Keep that baby in until Nov 16!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ok, Now I'm Worried....

There's something wrong with Tiggs. He is sick 3 weeks out of 4, either with a cold or cough or general malaise. He doesn't want to eat anything, and to get him to consume anything, I have to hold his hands to keep them from swatting the spoon away, and sing songs to get him to open his mouth. He is living on crackers, Kraft dinner and Alphagettis. My other boys were great eaters. If we were eating it, they wanted it too. Ty wants nothing. I don't get it. How is he surviving? I mean, he's growing. He's gaining weight. He laughs and runs and climbs and chatters all day, but his immune system seems to be non-existant.

I went to give his milk about 1/2 hour ago, and he refused it. He has NEVER done that. 10 minutes later he was asleep. He NEVER sleeps in the afternoon. I just made panicky call to his Dr., and got an appointment for him for tomorrow morning. I am going to get him to run bloodtests or something, if only to ease my mind. Maybe he has some magic cure to get him to eat? Or a supplement that I can give him?

HELP HELP HELP ! Help my poor little babe...

Friday, October 20, 2006

What's Up With The Wonder Pets?

What a strange kids' show. And my children (Tyger included!) are addicted. A turtle (Tuck), a duckling (Ming Ming) and a guinea pig (Linny); classroom pets that are dedicated to saving baby animals in trouble across the world, using teamwork. Okay, good premise. The animation is a little creepy, with real-looking animals that are 2 dimensional and talk, and of course, break out into operetta at the slightest provacation. "The phone! The phone is RINGING! The phone! We'll be right THERE! There's an animal in trouble somewhere!"

This has led Keegs into bursting into song whenever the phone rings. (Actually, that part is pretty damned cute, so I don't mind). As I don't have TIVO or cable on demand, unfortunately this show isn't on when they want to watch it. So I came up with the brilliant idea of taping the episodes whenever they were on so in a Wonder Pets withdrawl situation, I would have one on hand. This backfired as I am now at the point where I have 2 hours of the show on tape, and I feel it is going to snap soon from such frequent replay. I am also at the point where I am singing everything. Mark does too, and he's rarely seen the show! It's like an episode of COP ROCKS around here!

Bonus? Well, at least it's a break from Transformers and Thomas the Tank Engine episodes...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ode To A Glue Gun

Ode To A Glue Gun

Who needs a sewing machine
Or a bedazzler or same ilk?
I have a toy; it's really keen
Works on paper or raw silk

A hem came down? No worry!
School project with wooden sticks?
My toy will fix it in a hurry
It's how I get my kicks

I truly love my glue gun
It is what every crafter needs
And while getting burned is never fun,
At least my finger never bleeds!

One day I made a super-hero cape
The next day fixed the shade
It'll smooth the hair down on your nape
I tell you, I've got it made!

Oh glue gun you are quite a joy
With you, I have no excuses
When I bring out my triggered toy
It has so many uses!

So get yourself a glue gun now
Honestly, you won't be sorry
Present your projects with a bow
And tell your glue gun story!


Gee, that "ode" sounded a lot better when I composed it on my morning walk with Ty this morning. Oh well. Never said I was a poet...but really. Get a glue gun. I use it for everything. Tape? Who needs it? Thread? Needle? Who needs the hassle? Glue gun.

That's all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy 9th Wedding Anniversary to my dearest hubby. As you are comotose in bed with the latest illness to infiltrate the household, I will celebrate by myself, and with your (unknowing) blessing, will shop on-line :)

Thank you to our parents, who remembered our day, and were thoughtful enough to send cards.

To my wedding party...hmmm...where are you? My matron of honour wished us happiness when I saw her a few weeks ago...my cousin...I know she's out there, being super mom like me! My sister-in-law...the ultra super mom...my friend Lucinda? Apparently has dropped off of the face of the earth since I haven't spoken to her in two years, and she never responds to any of my e-mails or letters. I hope you are doing well...

Mark's side? Best man...I don't know...falling out in the friendship by multiple means...my brother Paul, still kickin'...brother-in-law Fern? Just got a new job...congrats! Our coolest usher; Sandy? Where are you, girlfriend? Another one that moved with no forwarding address.

Strange how when we get married, we surround ourselves with people that are so important to us, and yet less than a decade later, 3 members of our wedding party are off of our social map. Sad. I miss them all...

On that cheery note! Just wanted to point out that Mark was clueless as to the significance of the day until I wished him a happy anniversary. Bastard! (Just kidding..sort of...). But he did remember that it is his mom's birthday tomorrow. At least there's hope. After all he's known her for 21 years longer than he's known me. Maybe by our 30th wedding anniversary, he'll remember today's date too!

Just another reason why I want our 10-year anniversary to mean: VACATION SOMEWHERE HOT WITH ALL-INCLUSIVE BAR!

Mark, all kidding aside, you are the love of my life. We have been together over 13 years, and married for nine of those years, and I adore you more every day. You have given me 3 beautiful boys, and the best in-laws one could hope for. Here's to many, many, many years more.



Monday, October 16, 2006


Kripes! It seems like we're always getting over sickness around here! This time it was Keegs that brought home an evil cold from school. He was sick as a dog all weekend, better today. Mark came down with it on Saturday night. Ty got it yesterday. And now, it seems like it's trying to invade my body as well. Phoenix (knock on wood) is still safe.

You know that feeling you get in your head like you are going to sneeze, and then you don't, so you have that permanent skew to your eye and a pain in your sinus cavity? That's me today. And seriously cold. The older boys are at school, at Ty just went for his nap, and I plan (in between loads of laundry) to curl up under a big comforter on the couch.

Kids are cute, aren't they? I just love the things they say sometimes, especially when they're been such little buggers that you want to give them away to the first taker, and then they say stuff like Keegs did this morning: "Give me a hug, Mommy!" (I did). "Oh Mommy! I love you so much! You're my best girl!" (Took me a while to get up after I melted into a pool of emotion on the front porch).

My one ray of optimism on this frosty, snot-infested morning, is that hopefully we will get these colds out of our system and will all be healthy for Hallowe'en. Every year, one of the kids has been sick. Last year, it was Ty with pneumonia. This year, I want happy, excited, non-hacking-3-pack-a day-kids. That's all I have to say about that.

My Dad just came back from Florida, were he was sunning himself for 2 weeks. Rude awakening with this weather, I tell you. The ground was covered in frost this morning! Brrr. Where's the Indian Summer?

Well, my hands are turning blue. I'm off to fold hot laundry in hopes of thawing them out. Have a healthy (aaaa-choooooooo!) day...sniff....cough...pathetic sigh...

Sunday, October 08, 2006

October Means Candy

Ah, October. Quite possibly my favourite month of the year. The weather is crisp and perfect for family walks, and the kids and I love the crunching of leaves beneath our feet. Of course, October also means Hallowe'en, a.k.a CANDY! Oh yeah, and costumes. I have a cute little lamb costume ready for Ty, and Keegan made it easy on me this year, saying he wants to be Batman. We have a mask, and he has Batman pyjamas, complete with a cape, so he's done too. Phoenix, on the other hand, issued a costuming challenge. He wants to be Soundwave, from the Transformers. For those of you that are unaware, Transformers are "Robots In Disguise". They change from robot to various modes: vehicle, animal, insect etc. Soundwave transforms into a ghetto blaster.

I rose to the challenge by heading off to Fabricland, and picking up some assorted fabrics and thread and attachment items. Got quite carried away while I was there, and picked up a length of polar fleece and made pillow cases for Keegs and Bun, with their monograms. I must mention at this point that I don't sew. Or rather, I don't own a sewing machine. So, I sew by hand. Halfway through the Soundwave project, my carpel tunnel syndrome kicked in, so I went to plan B. The glue gun. Yes, the crafter's best friend. Well, when all was said and done, I came up with a nifty costume. Phoenix loved it, and that's the important part.

My mom always made our costumes. We would have costume contests at school. My brother Mike and I invariably won for our grade. A memorable year was when he went as Darth Vader and I was Princess Leia, complete with the cinnamon-bun hairdo on the sides of my head. I must see if I can dig up a picture of that, because it was pretty awesome! Mom, you were so cool. I will spend the rest of my life trying to be the kind of mom you were to us.

Today is Sunday, and Mark has taken the eldest boys off to church for Sunday school. I (darn-it-all-anyway!) have to stay here with Ty, while he naps. This afternoon, we're off to the in-laws for turkey. Tomorrow we're having two of my brothers over for dinner for Thanksgiving. Then it's back to the daily grind of work and school.

Phoenix is doing really well at school this year. He reading is coming along nicely, although getting him to read is like bamboo shoots under the fingernails. What a complainer! When he resigns himself to the inevitable, he does a great job. I miss the Mr. Muggs readers we had as children. My brother gave Bun some Dick and Jane primers for his birthday or Christmas last year, and now he's able to make his way through there, although he thinks the stories are lame!

Keegan is loving school this year too, and hopefully we will get the call soon to put him in 5 mornings a week instead of just three.

Ty....is still a bugger! Climbing, destroying, wreaking havoc! All with a sweet smile, and self-applause. His saving grace is that he is so damned cute!

Anyway, I guess I'd better go finish decorating the bay window with Hallowe'en decorations. BOO! From me to you.

PS. If anyone has not discovered the following blog, you must visit. It is freaking hilarious! This guy, Joe Mathelete, explains Marmaduke cartoons. Too funny: