Thursday, August 26, 2010

Imaginary Numbers

We are pretending to have numbers in our house. I am glad they do not run up our food and gas bills. :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Clean Living Room

Last night when the kids went to bed, our living room was a TERRIBLE mess. This morning we jumped out of bed and headed for town so the kids had no time to notice I had stayed awake to clean it. We got home this afternoon and had this conversation:

Melissa: Who cleaned the living room?
Mom: I did.
Melissa: All by yourself?
Mom: Yes.
Melissa: Wow, how did you do that?

Ha! I guess I am not known for cleaning "all by myself." :) Usually I tell them to pick up their stuff and then throw the rest away.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mom Strikes Again

I, as the Mom in this story, am getting very tired of striking again. Three strikes equals an out in baseball. Twelve strikes equals a perfect game in bowling. I am somewhere inbetween. I have been sitting at the computer trying to ignore life and crabby children for the past several days. (Poor Tracy has had to deal with it all... Thanks, Tracy.) I just wish I had a job to run away to like Mike does. He leaves earlier and earlier each day, it seems. Today it was 4:20-something when I opened my eyes and he was already gone. When he comes home, he has his computer stuff to do then sits and listens to messages/programming/old movies/whatever.

I had children in to the doctor again today, but I guess I wrote that I was going to yesterday. I think the doctor was starting to respect me a bit after I was in last time (this is the same doctor that told me I was putting my life on the line for having a home birth instead of a C-section last fall and walked out on me,) and today I think that respect was added to even more. I took David in for his ears. Well, he does have that same infection in the ear that she wouldn't give me medication for last time, only worse so she did give me the medication. I wanted to do a strep test for Melissa. Well, she took one look in her throat and didn't even bother with the test. I had to pipe up that I wanted Laura tested because I don't think she ever got better after the last medication. She told me it was my money but did swab her throat and walk out of the room. (I wish I could have known what she was thinking at this point.) However, she came back in saying the rapid test was positive and asked me if there was anything else. :)

We got medication for myself and Emily also though she would not give me liquid for Emily. Here we go for the long haul...when you can't swallow a pill, you chop/grind it up and put it into food, right??? Ha! I pinned her down, all the while listening to her pleas of no, she didn't want to take it, it was yucky, choke, choke, choke, cry, spit, scream, choke, etc. All the people at the pool heard her cries and who knows if people at the park did also. I don't know how they couldn't have! In the end she did win and didn't take it! She managed to spit out every little tiny piece I had chopped up and threw up the rest that I ground into powder and put into some chocolate and peanut butter (along with the rest of the contents of her stomach.)

Back to the doctor's office I went to explain, but I did walk out with liquid for her in the end.

Now to get some laundry done and see if I can clean the bathroom and finish up some laundry...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


(for a few more minutes anyway)

Today I stayed home and did absolutely nothing! :) While that is not exactly true, I did not go anywhere. I even sent Tracy in the big van to put it in its proper parking spot after we started packing it for our trip this weekend. The dog had taken his place in the van as soon as the doors were open and spent most of the day in there. He was thrilled to pieces when Tracy took him for the drive around the yard.

Tomorrow I will be bringing David to the doctor (again) :( for his ears. She (the doctor) had told me not to bring him back unless he developed a fever, but I can tell they are really bugging him. He is constantly rubbing them and seems fussier than normal, and he has never had a fever with any of his other infections. Melissa will also go for a peek at her throat since she hasn't been acting right and says her throat hurts.

This weekend we are heading to Lake Itasca for the Family Music Festival and will also hit the state park so we can get the pictures of Laura and David that all the other kids have had. The stuff we have packed was the "easy" stuff and now get to do the fun food, clothes, and miscellaneous junk that fills up the rest of the space and makes the van dirty.

Mike worked today and will work tomorrow but took Thursday and Friday off. That was a big surprise for me; I never expected that he would do that for Thursday.

I pulled up the radishes in the garden. They were about four feet tall; I do believe they were going to seed. I usually plant the radishes and lettuce together, but I don't think I had much lettuce in my part of the garden. We have to use the girls' garden when we want lettuce. I also threw two onions into our spaghetti tonight and ate two tiny carrots. If I'm lucky, I'll get a handful to grow this year. :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Never Home

I made three large calendars for our wall for August, September, and October since the boxes on the regular calendar are so small. I think our June and July were too busy. There were only two days in June we did not go somewhere (and one of those Mike went to work) and none in July. It is no wonder I am frequently filling our gas tanks! :)

Tonight Mike took Tracy and Aaron to youth group and the three girls to the park while Jason, David, and I stayed home. I am supposed to be working on pictures, but Jason is not upholding his end of the deal. I guess I will have to go wash some dishes instead.

Soccer starts this month for our family. I think we are going to have four players this year, and I have not heard if Mike plans to coach or not so we will be busy once again, busier if he does coach.

We start school August 16. I have most things ready for that. Tracy is going to try the video school for chemistry. Anything has to be better than me trying to teach it. :)

I still want to get a family picture, but that is like getting teeth pulled--maybe harder. We have not had one for our wall since long before David was born. We tried once, but nothing turned out. Speaking of teeth, Melissa lost a tooth a couple days ago on the bottom and has one just hanging by threads on the top.

David got a big "knocker" on his forehead. He fell off the bed. I turned my back for three seconds, long enough for Laura to say, "No, David, don't fall off the bed!" and he was down, crying before he hit the floor.

Tomorrow Tracy has a violin lesson, and I will probably take the kids to the outdoor pool in the afternoon. The indoor pool has only been closed for a week, and I sure do miss it.