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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Proud mom moment

Today was a ridiculously busy day. Really. So busy, I was overwhelmed at all we had to do. So God took care of some of it for me. That's right, you can blame the morning's deluge on me, LOL. We were supposed to walk with our HS group in a parade this morning, followed very quickly afterward by cheer leading, followed by basketball, followed by the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet.


Well, this morning, it was raining cats and dogs, and so our participation in the parade was cancelled at the last minute. It was an answer to prayer. In the end, the parade itself was cancelled due to the rain. So I spent the morning folding Mt. Washmore. BUT, I made HUGE progress. BUT, it's still all on my living room floor. Why? Because I always try to work until the very last second, and never allow enough time for clean-up.

So out the door we went to cheer leading, followed immediately by basketball (in the same place, but separated by an hour). When we finished basketball, we ran quickly to my mom's to take Uncle Michael his GS cookies, and then off to the Blue and Gold Banquet, which was about an hour from our house.

We were thrilled that Gram, Grandpa, cousin Bam-Bam (whom Gram is watching this week-end) and Uncle Michael all came too. See, tonight was very special. Tonight was not just an award night, but it was also (snif, snif) my oldest son's "Crossing Over" to Boy Scouts. Wow! What a neat ceremony. they are de-vested of their Cub attire (neckerchief, slide, shoulder boards, and hat) by their Den leader while standing in front of their parents, then the parents go to the other side of the bridge, and the boys one by one shake the hands of their whole Cub Pack (not though as a "good-bye", but just a "hope I'll see you soon as a Boy Scout" sort of encouragement), then they "cross over" a bridge to their troop leader and a boy scout who are waiting on the other side to re-vest them as Boy Scouts (new neckerchief, slide, and Boy scout shoulder boards) and then they come to stand with their parents again. Scott said it was the best night ever. K and I were both blinking back tears.
My son the Boy Scout, of course is blurry, but K's son is in focus, LOL.

After the ceremony, there were fireworks set to the song "Proud to be an American". Very COOL.

Not to leave him out, TJ also received many awards tonight that he has earned recently.

Also, all 5 of the boys in Scott's Den earned their Arrow of Light before crossing over. It is the highest award given in Cub the Eagle Scout of Cub Scouts. It's the one award you can earn as a Cub that you wear not only on your Boy Scout Uniform, but also can wear as an Adult. Big stuff. We are all very proud of them.
Getting his Arrow of Light, which even comes with a little pin for ME to wear!
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Drug side effects

Aunt Fanny was blogging about the side effects of drugs, and how sometimes what they CAUSE is worse than what they TREAT. Well, when I got this new anti-inflammatory, I just had to laugh. Here's what it says, exactly as the warning is typed, with the italics added by me:
WARNING: THE RISK OF SERIOUS AND SOMETIMES FATAL HEART PROBLEMS, HEART ATTACK, AND STROKE may be increased with the use of this medication. The risk may increase the longer you use this medicine. Risk may also be higher in patients who have heart problems or who are at risk for heart problems. You mean people like ME who take heart medicine? Just checking...THE RISK OF SERIOUS AND SOMETIMES FATAL STOMACH AND BOWEL PROBLEMS, including bleeding, ulcers, and holes in the stomach or bowel is increased while using this medicine. These problems may occur at any time during therapy, with or without symptoms...Now how EXACTLY would someone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome even being to notice if there were changes in bowel habits anyway? Only if everything suddenly started working "right" would I notice a change, and then, I can assure you, I would welcome it!
That does not even include all the "this medicine may cause bleeding, hives, dizziness, severe rash, breathing difficulties, swelling of the face, eyelids, or lips, etc." OH, and of course then there's the whole, "may cause DEATH" thing.
I guess this drug takes care of your pain and inflammation one way or another!
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Oddly quiet

I know, I've been oddly quiet lately. Honestly, I think of things to blog about during the day, but then by the time I sit at the computer I totally blank on what they were. I totally enjoy reading everyone else's though, and get frustrated when you guys don't update your blogs regularly, so I suppose I really should type something.

On Saturday, while we are busy walking in our local parade, our favorite neighbors will be moving to Tampa. We are totally crushed to see them go, and something tells me we will be spending regular time driving Mimi that way for long sleep-over weekends. She and R are already planning the first one :-). They plan to sit by the fireplace at R's new house and sip hot chocolate-wish I could join them!

Last week, I got to attend a birth for a friend from church. I have a particular affinity for this wonderful lady. She is so positive, and genuine, and nice, and I just really wanted to be able to do something for her. It's always such an honor to be able to attend a baby's birth (although since it was a C-section, and the operating room was small, I was not there for the actual birth). I love being able to help make that time special for the mother and the father, and their new child. Baby Brie is sooooo cute too.

Speaking of babies, "Reggie" will be at our house tomorrow. Sari is beside herself excited. We'll go to the park with her, and it should be fun.
I still have no memory on my computer to download pictures, so they are stuck on the memory card in the camera. My husband has the new computer ready for me, but the files weren't transferring over the wireless network very well, so he has to hook them up physically, and that will probably be this week-end before it happens. In the mean time, I have no virtual memory, no real memory, and no patience for how long everything takes on my computer, so that has contributed to the silence :-).

Thank goodness they fixed the spell check on blogger!

I just finished Water for Elephants, and now I really appreciate the circus so much more. It was a good story, well researched, yet very entertaining. Thanks Aunt Fanny for letting me borrow it!
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy News

My brother is officially engaged. He has had the ring for a while, and had it all planned out. He actually proposed at an ice hotel in Canada (I think). Apparently SJ was very surprised. We are thrilled that she will be part of our family.
Also, my sister and her husband closed on their first house on Valentines Day. (We closed on this house 7 years ago on Valentines Day too. ) They are obviously very excited, although there is lots of work to be done to make it ready to move in. They've already ripped out all the carpets, so they are well on their way.
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A random observation

The person who came up with Valentines Day must not have been Catholic (or Episcopal, or Lutheran). If you are one of those, and chocolate is a weakness of yours, you understand why I say that :-). If not, well, it would tak a lot of explaining...And why is it Girl Scout cookies and Lent go hand in hand too?
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Woo-Hoo-Hoo, and a bottle of...

(That's supposed to be sung to the tune of Yo-Ho-Ho, in case you didn't figure that out :-)). And the bottle? Well, I'll substitute 3 different medicines in place of the rum.
This morning, I dragged my wretched body out of bed at 5:15 for my 5:30 appt. with the Dr. Yes, my crazy, but wonderful, doctor opens his office at 5:30 AM.
The Woo-Hoo part comes from the fact that I've officially lost 25 pounds in 10 months!!!! Yea!
The bottles of pills? A new anti-inflammatory (in place of the 800mg of ibuprophen I take 3 times a day), a new nasal inhaler to hopefully take care of the lingering nasal issues that allergy shots aren't touching, and a month's worth of sample of an anti-heartburn med, since the prevailing thought is that the burning need to clear my throat every waking minute of the day for the past 3 years may be due to "silent" heartburn. I am desperate for any or all of them to work.
On the less encouraging side, I have been told if I ever want to sit still for more than 5 seconds without my tailbone killing me I need to humble myself and park my tookas (how do you spell that anyway???) on a granny do-nut for the next 6 MONTHS. Oh, and take it with me. Everywhere. He means ALL THE TIME. Like sleep on it even. Okay, I can sleep on it. It's the carrying it to the park, to church, to UIP, to TJ's basketball games...those are the places my ego is going to have to really take a back seat. I may be standing a lot...
Oh, and ironically, I got relief when I heard officially from him that I do indeed have a ganglion cyst in my left wrist. It's a relief because I have been saying for 3 years that there was something wrong. I could not bear any weight on my left wrist without pain, and that's not normal. At my last appt. 10 months ago, he even ordered an x-ray, but fluid filled sacks don't really show up on x-rays. The pain has gotten steadily worse over the past 10 months, and even now hurts while I type (and has started encroaching into the necessary things in life like driving, etc.) so it was time to revisit that. I'm thrilled that he was able to see it today, as now I have a referral for a hand specialist. The problem? I had the same thing 15 years ago in my right wrist, and I needed surgery, artificial bone, and 6 months of physical/occupational therapy because I form adhesions (I grow extra scar tissue below the skin and it sticks (adheres) to everything-especially what it's not supposed to stick to). Last time, when they removed the cast, my wrist was immobilized from the scar tissue, hence the 6 months of therapy to make it usable again. I've been researching online, and they can sometimes drain these cysts with a needle, but they are not as likely to stay gone that way. We'll see what the Dr. says.

I hate to air my dirty physical laundry online, but it's the best way to be sure everyone I know is up to date and I don't forget to tell someone. I'd welcome prayer (who wouldn't), especially that they might be able to drain the cyst with a needle and it would stay gone. Oh, and if you read this, you have to promise not to laugh if you see me with my granny do-nut :-).
In spite of all this, I know it always could be much, much worse, and I'm thankful that God has given me a wonderful Dr. who understands and is genuinely interested in helping me.
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Friday, February 8, 2008

Random things to chuckle at

So Scott asked me this morning if we could take "this" in the car with us. When I looked up to see what "this" was, I saw the Fiddler on the Roof CD. I said no, he asked why, and I said that I didn't feel like listening to it in the car (really, there's only so much Fiddler I can take, and my husband listens to it every weekend). His solution? Go to the DVD player, put it in, and force us all to listen to it while we are getting ready to walk out the door...If I were a rich man...I would give him his own stereo system so I could enjoy the quiet, :-).

Sari has decided to take every baby doll she owns to the park an empty girl scout cookie box, LOL.

I just tried to download the pictures I took yesterday, and I literally don't have enough memory on my computer to do that. So I called my husband (the computer genius) to share the news, and he said he would bring my "new" computer home this week-end and try to get it set up (by new, I mean new to's already had more than a few other owners). It's a laptop, like this one, but like this one, it has no battery, so it's really just a thin stationary computer. And it's stationary in a room far away from everyone else...which is great, but I had to leave the kids to their own devices or leave my husband by himself at night if I want to blog, or check e-mails, etc. SO I asked if we could get a new battery for the "new" computer, and he said yes, but they are a little pricey...then he says, "Maybe that's what I'll get you for Valentine's Day." Yep, nothing says LOVE like a battery :-).

Off to the park to distribute...anyone? Yes, that's right...more Girl Scout cookies!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Another Favorite

I just had to order more checks, and so I thought I'd tell you about Promise Checks ( They have great Christian themed checks with really reasonable prices. We've used them for a few years now, and never had a problem.
SO there's another thing for you to check out :-).
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Sharing a favorite

I learned how to make my own soap a few months ago, and my husband LOVES it, but I need to make more, and really it needs to "cure" before it is used, AND I have not figured out how to make the shampoo bars I have been using for about 2 years now, so I still rely on my favorite place to keep my hair and body clean...
Chagrin Valley Soap and Craft
Here is their link: .
Ida's stuff is wonderful, and totally natural-no fake scents, no fake colors...just good stuff. She makes the kind of soap I aspire to.
Just thought I'd share :-),
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Art Class

My kids have, hands down, the best art teacher. She is so good at coaxing amazing work out of them. Yesterday, because of TJ's burned fingers, Scott took the class instead. Here's the work of my 10 year old, on his first day of art class, whose artistic talent is usually limited to stick figures. He's so thrilled. He LOVED the class, and is, I think, amazed that he was able to produce something like this:

Mimi (8) has been taking for longer than either boy, so she is on to copying real photographs (usually from old calendars). Here's her latest work:

TJ (6) LOVES class, and while he's very intentional, he also works quickly, usually completing at least one piece per class. Here area two of his recent works (excuse the "x's", but he wanted his name on the rocket):

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I wonder if the School Board would agree???

This is what the kids and I did for school on Thursday. It counts right? I mean, there is math (geometry-all the pieces are triangles), problem solving, deductive reasoning, physical science, marine biology, and art all rolled into one activity. And besides, it was fun, and the puzzle is cool :-).

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Assorted Updates

Jack the hamster left our lives in a very unexciting way...via the garbage truck this morning. My husband thought we should have a ceremony, but it was garbage day, and well, opportunity knocked and I answered. The kids are sad, but not overly so, so I know your prayers worked. They knew hamsters have a short shelf live, and they are petitioning hard for a cat...especially now that they have a void to fill.
Speaking of voids, I've created one, and I am asking you all to hold me accountable NOT to fill it! We have officially left 4-H. I do believe it can be excellent for some families, but it wasn't for us. The leader tried so hard to make it easy for me, but it just never was a passion for the kids or for me, and the marathon 2 hour meetings were killing me as I had to sit in a small room with Sari during that time while they met in a bigger room just outside our door. I was constantly having to keep her quiet and constantly out of the loop because I wasn't in on their meetings. But beyond that, it just comes down to the fact that it just wasn't the most excellent thing for us. I told the leader last Tuesday, but today it became really official as the 4-H office called to be sure of our decision since Scott had won the Share-The-Fun and was meant to represent our county in 2 months at the district level. I feel likes it's dishonest to stay in 4-H just so he can compete when my heart is totally not in it for any other reason, so I thanked them for following up with us, but assured them we were happy with our decision, and excited for the person who would get "bumped" up to compete in his place. (sigh of relief) One less "rock" to carry to the top of the mountain (ask Aunt Fanny about that reference, but it has REALLY helped me prioritize) and one huge weight lifted off my shoulders.

On another positive note, we've distributed (and collected money for) over half of the girl scout cookies already, so that's a big blessing. A good 1/2 of what is left will be gone tomorrow. YEAH! And, I got to officially meet one of the newer moms in our homeschooling group, which was nice because I really like her.
Here's what 300 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies look like. They promptly moved off the table, but now ring the dining area, and fill the "new" bookshelf I just bought from a friend who was moving.
As for TJ, he slept great last night, and woke up to find all 5 fingers on his right hand really got burned (that's the thing about burns...they keep burning). He suffered through basketball practice tonight though, learning to dribble left handed. He only has 5 kids on his team, so it's pretty important that they all play if possible, so please pray for continued fast healing. His fingers really look so much better than I expected given the severity of the burn. Here are some pictures, but it isn't easy to see.

The metal roasting fork was very thin, so the burns are bad and brown in color, but narrow and long, making them hard to photograph. God has been so faithful though, really healing him far faster than I expected, so he had a pretty good day today.
Here's TJ at his game on Saturday. He's the blondie in gold whose feet aren't touching the floor :-).
And not to be left out, here's Mimi, who is trying her hand at Cheerleading. I love Upwards. It's such a positive environment. They cheer for both teams (Blue and Gold) all the time. Mimi is enjoying it, and Sari has even picked up a cheer or two, so she walks around going, "dibble it, pass it, dibble it, pass it...we wah a basket". Too funny, especially with the hand motions.
Finally, I still suddenly have no spell check feature on the blog (I'm sure you've noticed, LOL). The button is there, but nothing happens when I press it...any suggestions?

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Tagged round 2

Yep, now I've been tagged again. This time it's slightly different, but similar to the "6 things" tag. This is 7 random things about myself.

1) I watch the Superbowl for the commercials. Until yesterday afternoon I did not even know who was playing. And, if you read the previous blog, you know I missed some of the game, but I am bummed for NE that they did not win. It seems wrong that you can play a perfect season and lose the final game so you are not the champions.
2) I ALWAYS channel surf when commercials come on...usually to HSN or QVC. I have probably ordered things twice ever, and I had coupons both times, but even during child friendly shows, the commercials these days can be awful (Halloween Horror Nights, Saw 4-the Director's Cut, Viagra, etc.), so I switch to the 2 channels I know will NOT be selling violence or sex-they just sell everything else.
3) Caramel DeLights/Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookie.
4) My house is a total wreck, but I always make my bed every morning.
5) I keep an index card with Ephesians 4:29 tacked above my computer...although I need to tattoo it to the head of every person I encounter so I can read it before I open my mouth. This is definitely a verse that I need to be reminded of daily. What is it?
Let no unkind word come from your mouth, but only such a word that is good for edification according to the need at the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Even if I get the first part, I still have miles to go with the edification/grace part.
6) I am horrible at keeping in touch with people who live out of town . REALLY.
7) Half our Christmas cards never got mailed out this year. We ran out of postage and I ran out of our christmas letter, and I'm still waiting on my husband to print more. I don't know if, at this point, we should just give up or if we should mail them as Valentine greetings.

There you go...7 things. If you are reading this, and you haven't already done it... TAG! YOU'RE IT!!!!
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Tagged round 1

I was tagged by Lisa with this one, and so here it goes:

I am to:
1. Pick up the nearest book (at least 123 pages long).
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence.
4. Post the next 3 sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I'm not trying to look overly pious, but the closest book when I was tagged really was the Bible. It was right next to my computer thanks to Ann's challenge.

Page 123 in my Bible happens to be Exodus Chapter 20, and (really, I can't make this stuff up) the 5th sentence lands us smack dab in the middle of...the 10 Commandments! So here goes:
v15 You shall not steal.
v16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
v17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

I don't know who I know in blog land who has not been tagged already, nor do I know the fancy way to put links on my blog, but I will tag...
1) Presley (whose blog is invitation only)
2) (what am I doing wrong...why does everyone else just have the name, and my link has all the other stuff? I know, I'm the one married to the computer guy, but I can't ask him, he's not here?)
3) ( need to update your blog!!!)
4) (I know, L already tagged her, but she ignored it, so I'm tagging her again)

Okay, it's done...but it isn't pretty :-).
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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Our day...

So we went to church, which was great as always. I love that God's word really is living and active, and even though I studied this book extensively in the past year, I still glean soooo much more every time Pastor D teaches.
Then we went home with Kiwi's daughter in tow, and added neighbor R to the mix. We maxed out our new table, and I loved it! The girls went out to distribute some Cookies, but it is not a simple thing, since you must carry change and all the cookies with you, and so they basically did one house at a time.
We went to Marie's house to watch the Superbowl (I am TOTALLY not into sports- my sister had to tell me who was playing). I really watch just for the commercials, which were mostly not funny...disappointing! While we watched the game, the kids were roasting marshmellows. After they finished, Scott left his metal roasting stick in the fire pit...and some time later TJ tried to retreive it...bare handed. Yep, 3rd degree burns across his thumb and index finger. Of his right hand. Not sure what this means for Basketball, which he is totally loving. It does probably mean handwriting anything is out for a week or so. Luckily for me (not so much for A), Jennie's daughter A had just burned her fingers a few weeks ago, so Marie and I made a mid-Superbowl trip to Jennie's to get the ointment she had to relieve pain and help the burn. TJ's sleeping now, but I have a feeling it will be a rough night.
Oh, and to round it all out, Jack died. Yes, the world's best hamster is dead. I have no idea why-he was running around like crazy last night, but earlier today I noticed I didn't see him in his usual sleeping spot in the cage, and then found him curled up in the bedding...not moving. He had even moved all his bedding out of the wheel he liked to sleep in (and where we couldn't get to him) down to the place he died. Sad. The kids will be devastated in the morning when they find out.
I'm going to run so I can sleep while the sleeping is good. Say a prayer for healing for TJ's fingers-they really are bad-the skin was brown right afterward-he literally cooked them. And it's right on the pads and joints of his thumb and index finger, so it's all a little overwhelming for him right now. And say a prayer for all the kids as they say goodbye to their first real pet.
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Friday, February 1, 2008

Girl Scout Cookie Terror

So tomorrow the cookies come in. I'm a little concerned. The girl who is picking them up informed me that the cookies my daughter sold might not FIT IN MY VAN!
Apparently 300 boxes of cookies take up a wee bit of room.
Okay, so I can take two trips to Outer Mongolia and back if I have to, but the bigger, much more terrifying question is "WHERE are they going to go once I get them home?" I can tell you I will be in a rush to distribute them since I think I will be sleeping on the floor until the cookies are gone.
I'll post pictures tomorrow of the cookie madness. For now, if you ordered cookies, just know I may be knocking on your door REALLY SOON, LOL.


P.S. Is anyone else having problems with the spell check not working? When I click on it, nothing happens. That's scary for a dyslexic person like myself :-).
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